Brian Cushing injury: Texans LB expects full clearance in July

Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing expects to be cleared for full contact in time for the team's training camp in late July.

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing expects to be back by the start of training camp, according to Nick Scurfield of the team's official website. Cushing, who is recovering from an ACL injury, said that he'll be cleared by Dr. James Andrews on July 17.

Of course, this is provided that there are no setbacks between now and then. If things go as Cushing plans, he should be ready for day one of Texans training camp, which starts July 26.

Cushing suffered the torn ACL on Oct. 8 last year, ending his season after just five games. It was a huge disappointment for the Texans, given that Cushing was among the top players at his position in 2011, and was Houston's MVP that year, as well.

A first round pick in 2009, Cushing is entering a crucial contract year. He'll be looking for a big payday once he wraps up his rookie deal this season. As reported by SB Nation's Battle Red Blog, Cushing and the team have yet to discuss a contract extension, which is likely due to the injury.

Waiting makes sense for both parties, as the team can make sure that Cushing is back to full strength and Cushing can make sure he gets the most amount of money possible. It's likely that Cushing will look for a contract similar to the deals signed by San Francisco 49ers inside linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman.

Willis, widely considered the top inside linebacker in the league, signed a seven-year, $53.5 million contract with $29 million guaranteed. Bowman earned a seven-year deal worth $46.4 million and $25.5 million guaranteed. Somewhere between the two seems a good spot for Cushing, provided he can return to form after the ACL injury.

More from SB Nation:

Uffsides: Matt Stover on Ravens legacy, Belichick's evolution

Watch NFL rookies interviewing each other

Matt Barkley, media critic | Falcons pool party | #Lookit

NFL Huddle: McGahee's exit, Chargers doc fired and more

10 things we learned from Giants' minicamp

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.