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Many fans are waiting the debut of the Houston Texans starting inside linebacker Brian Cushing. Cushing tore his ACL in week five of last year and hasn't seen the field since. His surgery and rehab this offseason have been something closely monitored by team beat writers and fans alike. The 2009 defensive rookie of the year has been a cornerstone on an up and down Texans defense, and his loss last year was felt on the defense. The good news is that his recovery from the ACL injury has gone better than expected. Cushing has been going full speed at practice, and many thought he would see his first game action since suffering the injury on last Friday's preseason opener. However, Cushing sat out against the Minnesota Viking because of a stomach virus, which has also caused him to miss a couple of practices. According to Josh Alpers of Pro Football Talk, Cushing just returned to practice on Tuesday and has a good chance to start for the team's second preseason game this Saturday against the Miami Dolphins. "He did well in pads today," Coach Gary Kubiak said, "all signs are pointing to him being able to get some reps [on Saturday] but we'll see. We'll make the decision at the end of the week." The Texans will be looking forward to getting their stud linebacker back in the lineup. Cushing has played at a high level since he made a splash in NFL in his rookie season. Without Cushing last season, the Texans defense still held up well, finishing seventh overall in the league in total yards allowed. But the Houston defense did fall to 16th overall in passing yards allowed. One of Cushing's underrated strengths as a linebacker is his ability to defend the pass in the middle of the field. He's an athletic linebacker with good speed that can cover both backs and tight ends, and he can play an effective zone and take away slant routes and passes over the middle. The Texans may just get their first glimpse of their defense with their starting inside linebacker this weekend. Cushing will join an already strong linebacker corps with Brooks Reed and second-year man Whitney Mercilus. Follow @TheNFLInjuryRpt Looking for fantasy football advice?
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