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Texans placed ILB Brian Cushing (knee, leg) on the active/PUP list.

Cushing is recovering from a broken fibula and torn LCL, and should be ready within a couple weeks. He's missed 20 games over the past two seasons thanks to hard-luck injuries. Cushing's status for Week 1 isn't in question.

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Texans ILB Brian Cushing (knee, leg) is unsure of when he'll gain full clearance, but "knows" he'll be ready for Week 1.

Coach Bill O'Brien had previously said he expected Cushing to be ready for camp, but it sounds like he could start out on the active/PUP list. Now 27, Cushing signed a fat extension last September, but has been limited to 12-of-32 games over the past two seasons. He needs to stay healthy in 2014 to remain one of the foundations of the Texans' long-term plans.

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Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Monday ILB Brian Cushing (knee, leg) is expected to be ready for training camp.

O'Brien recently replied "I'm not sure" when asked for Cushing's timetable, but he's apparently made noticeable progress since. Cushing is sitting out OTAs. He's recovering from a broken fibula and torn LCL suffered last Week 7.

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Texans ILB Brian Cushing (knee, leg) is not participating in OTAs.

"I'm not sure," were the words of coach Bill O'Brien when asked when Cushing would be ready. "I'm not a doctor; I don't know when he'll be back." Cushing claimed he was "100 percent" in an April tweet, but that's obviously not the case. Cushing broke his fibula and tore his LCL last Week 7. Cushing has missed 20 games over the past two seasons.

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Texans ILB Brian Cushing (knee, leg) said he remains on track to be 100 percent for Week 1.

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Brian Cushing (knee) tweeted Wednesday that he's 100 percent.

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Texans ILB Brian Cushing (LCL, leg) estimated Friday that he needs another two months of rehab.

Cushing missed the final nine games of the season due to his knee injury and still isn't fully recovered. He was initially given a three-month timetable back in October, so it's not a major concern. Barring a setback, Cushing should be able to participate in the Texans' offseason program.

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Texans ILB Brian Cushing (LCL, leg) has a three-month recovery timetable.

Cushing avoided any damage to his ACL, PCL, MCL and patella. But he did break his fibula and tear his LCL, which means his season is over as the 2-5 Texans aren't going to be playing into January. Cushing, who signed a $55 million contract in September, should be fine for the offseason program.

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Texans ILB Brian Cushing was forced from Sunday's game against the Chiefs with a knee injury.

Cushing took a Jamaal Charles cut block to his left knee, the same knee he tore up in 2012. He went down in immediate agony, and was carted to the locker room after being helped to the sideline. It doesn't look good. Darryl Sharpton is now in the game opposite Joe Mays at inside linebacker.

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Texans ILB Brian Cushing (concussion) is expected to be ready for Week 5.

Cushing reportedly passed his concussion tests during Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, but doctors erred on the side of caution and didn't let him back into the game. He shouldn't have a problem getting through the protocol this week. Cushing leads the Texans with 25 tackles, and also has 1.5 sacks, four tackles for a loss, one interception returned for a touchdown and one forced fumble.