Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has recovered sufficiently from a knee injury to receive medical clearance to participate in training camp beginning next week, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.
Cushing, 26, suffered a season-ending ACL tear in early October on a hit by former New York Mets guard Matt Slauson. Slauson was later fined for an illegal block.
His loss was a blow to the Texans defense. The injury limited him to five games, 29 tackles and one interception last year. In two of the previous three seasons, Cushing had 134 and 114 tackles and six interceptions.
The Texans are expected to ease Cushing back into training camp with an eye on having him ready for the season opener against the San Diego Chargers.