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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Brian Cushing cleared to return

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Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was cleared to return Wednesday by Dr. James Andrews from a knee injury that cut his 2012 season short, the team announced through its Twitter account.

Today, @briancushing56 received full clearance from Dr. James Andrews. He'll be ready to go for training camp. #BullsOnParade

— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) July 17, 2013

Cushing will be ready for training camp, although the team will ease him back into action, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Brian Cushing
Brian Cushing's 2012 season ended in October after he suffered a torn ACL in a game vs. the Jets.

Cushing, 26, tore his anterior cruciate ligament after a rolling hit by then-New York Jets guard Matt Slauson on Oct. 8 of last season. Slauson was not flagged on the play, but he was fined $10,000 by the NFL.

Before his injury last season, Cushing had only missed four games in his previous three NFL seasons, and that was to serve a suspension in 2010 for a positive test for a banned substance.

Cushing's last major injury before the 2012 season came during his junior season at Southern California, when he missed three games with a sprained left ankle.

He led the Texans with 114 tackles in 2011 and had an interception and a forced fumble to go along with his 38 stops last season before his season-ending injury.

Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.