Brian Cushing Could Return To Texans Training Camp On Wednesday

Linebacker has been out while recovering from offseason knee surgery.

Brian Cushing is expected to return to Houston Texans practice as soon as Wednesday. The linebacker has been sitting out practice while recovering from offseason knee surgery.

The third-year player is expected to be a starter in the Texans' revamped 3-4 defense after starting 28 games during his first two seasons. Cushing was forced to sit out the first four games of the 2010 season after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He had originally been named to the Associated Press All-Pro team, as well as named the Defensive Rookie of the Year for a season that included 133 tackles, 10 pass deflections, 4.0 sacks and four interceptions. In a revote, he retained his rookie of the year status, but was removed from the All-Pro team.

Despite missing a quarter of the season, Cushing returned to register 76 tackles. He was a rare bright spot on a defense that was among the worst in the NFL, allowing 376.9 yards per game.

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