For the first time since his season ended with a torn ACL, Texans LB Brian Cushing met the media. And because we are here in Houston, we were there to listen. First, the newsworthy stuff.
Cushing hasn’t heard from Jets G Matt Slauson, who was fined $10K for his hit on the former USC star that ended his season. He doesn’t expect to. Nor, by the way, did Cushing seem to care one way or the other that Slausin was fined for the cut block.
“That’s the thing,” Cushing said. “That’s not going to change how my knee feels or whether I can get back on the field. That’s up to me now, the doctors, rehab as much as I can.”
Asked if it was a legal hit, Cushing again was mostly mum. Was it? Well… “I’m not sure,” he said.
“Whether it was or it wasn’t, I’m not playing for a while,” Cushing concluded. “So, that’s not going to change my opinion on anything. It happens. I’m not a guy who’s going to look into the past and wish it were different, I’m into the future and see how I can improve.”
As for the Cushing himself, he’s sticking around the facility while he rehabs. That’s what coach Gary Kubiak asked him to do, and Cushing will follow through on it. The team needs its leaders, and Cushing is one.
“I want to be around here,” Cushing said. “I want to be here for the guys, help them as much as I can in spirit or in coaching tips or whatever, I’m going to be here every single practice, every single day, doing whatever I can. I got a new role now, I’ve accepted it.”
Cushing has heard from a lot of people, from fans to fellow players to coaches to those in the community. He called that “special.” He also, by the way, received a TON of reaction to his claim on Twitter that the Texans would win a Super Bowl without him.
“A lot of mixed reactions from that,” he said with a smile. “It’s cool. I do whatever I can to cheer the guys up and like I said, I have a different role now. Whatever I can do to help these guys out, I’m going to do it.”
Cushing doesn’t have a time table yet, and he doesn’t know who’s doing the surgery. All in due time. Tim Dobbins, a special teams captain, will take his place. Cushing will be here for support.
“It’s been exciting,” Dobbins said. “Obviously, when you get to play and start, it’s very exciting. There’s a little pressure behind it, but you know I handle that.“