By Joshua Reese

Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – After the news of pro bowler defensive end J.J. Watt being lost to the injured received list, the Houston Texans defense received a needed boost with middle linebacker Brain Cushing returning back to practice Wednesday.

“We are just taking it day-by-day, this is the first day,” Brian Cushing said of a potential return this weekend, “we all know there’s a big difference between practice and a full game, we’ll see where we get, at the same time, that’s the goal and that’s the end goal, that’s something that I would really enjoy and want to do, but there’s some more work to do.”

Coming back for this Sunday’s game with the Tennessee Titans might be pushing it, but all signs are pointing to a return very soon. The original report pegged Cushing to be back somewhere between four to six weeks, but he’s returned much sooner, a little over two weeks.

“Structurally, everything’s good, structurally, everything is great actually,” Cushing said, “it’s just one of those things where obviously you want to get it as solid as you possibly can, the last little bit is just getting over that pain.”

Cushing had been sidelined with a sprained MCL he suffered very early during the first game of the season with the Kansas City Chiefs.

In his place, the Texans have used Benardrick McKinney and Max Bullough to fill his shoes. McKinney, however, stepped up in Cushing’s absence taking over setting up the defense and in the last game with the New Egland Patriots had 16 tackles and one sack.

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