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By | July 24, 2017

rian Cushing is working hard to keep his career going after taking so much punishment in the NFL.

Houston Texans’ linebacker Brian Cushing is not the player he was when he came into the NFL as a first round pick back in 2009. But he’s still someone that can help out on the defensive side of the ball.

One reason for Cushing’s decline, aside from his age, is the fact that he claims he’s undergone “over 20” surgeries during his pro career.

Cushing explained just what it took for him to get ready for training camp as well as the upcoming season.

“There were times when I thought I might not be able to play anymore,” Cushing said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “It’s taken a lot of hard work, but I’m still able to come out there and play the game I love.

cheap jerseys wholesale china“It’s been a collective effort by a lot of people, from the trainers and coaches to my wife and parents. I’m very grateful and feel blessed to be able to play.”
Cushing was given the day off on Saturday, which was smart of the Texans’ coaches since they already know what he can do on the field. It’s best to let him rest and not over work him this summer.

Cushing isn’t the only veteran getting some rest. Houston also gave J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney a break on Sunday.

The good news for the 30 year-old Cushing is that he’s only missed three games over the past two seasons after missing 20 games between during the 2012 and 2013 seasons combined.

Given Cushing’s age and the wear and tear he’s undergone, his career is certainly winding down. Which is why the Texans selected linebacker Zach Cunningham in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Cushing’s contract isn’t set to run out until after the 2019 season. But f he wants to stick around past the upcoming season he’ll need to prove that he still has plenty to offer.

Just about every time coach Bill O’Brien is asked about inside linebacker Brian Cushing, he calls the nine-year veteran “the heart and soul of our defense.”

O’Brien did it again after Friday’s practice when he was asked about Cushing.

Later, Cushing was asked what it means to hear O’Brien describe him that way?

“It means a lot,” Cushing said. “I’m going into my ninth year, and I’ve been a passionate player my entire life. I love football, and I enjoy coming out here every day and competing and getting better.

“Every offseason, you miss (playing). The older I get, the more I miss it every offseason and realize how much I still enjoy competing and playing. I love the game more and more.”

Sometimes Cushing is surprised he’s still playing considering he’s undergone “over 20” surgeries since the Texans made him their first-round pick in 2009.

“There were times when I thought I might not be able to play anymore,” he said. “It’s taken a lot of hard work, but I’m still able to come out there and play the game I love.

“It’s been a collective effort by a lot of people, from the trainers and coaches to my wife and parents. I’m very grateful and feel blessed to be able to play.”

The Texans finished first in defense last season when they were 9-7, won the AFC South, beat Oakland in a wild-card game and lost at New England in the divisional round. They want to be better this season.

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