The plan for Cushing, Robinson: Play counts

September, 9, 2009
9/09/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky


Rookie strongside linebacker Brian Cushing and veteran cornerback Dunta Robinson will start for the Texans Sunday against the Jets. But Gary Kubiak told Houston reporters he’s not certain the two will play all the way.

Cushing is coming off a knee injury that meant he didn’t play in a preseason game. Robinson rejoined the team Sunday after skipping training camp and the preseason in a protest about being tagged the team’s franchise player.

Here are the relevant pieces of what Kubiak has to say:

On if there is a decision to be made on whether or not Cushing will start: “Oh no, he’s going out there. The decision strictly with him right now is the amount of reps we want him to come out of the game with so we’ll put a play count on him and make sure that we don’t overplay him.”

On if the same applies to Robinson: “Yeah, if Dunta makes it through Friday clean and looks like he looked today then we’ve got to make a decision there as a team, but we’ll put a play count on him too.”

It’s easy to talk of such things. It’s also easy to get away from such plans depending on how things are going.

If the Texans are playing good defense against the Jets, perhaps it will be harder to pull one or both.

If the Texans are playing bad defense against the Jets, perhaps it will be harder to pull one or both.

And I can see Robinson fighting any attempt to limit him.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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