HOUSTON The Texans took the field on Monday for the first day of organized team activities. Linebacker Brian Cushing was there, but was on the sidelines, watching.

That won t be the case when the season rolls around in September.

I can definitely tell you that I ll be ready for the first game of the season, said Cushing. I m pretty sure I ll be ready for the first practice come Training camp.

He s doing great. He ll be ready to go, said head coach Gary Kubiak. Our goal has been training camp the whole time. If it was up to Cush, he d be out here today.

Cushing tore is ACL during a Week 5 game against the New York Jets during the 2012 season. Since then, he s been rehabbing to get back on the field, a process which hasn t been easy.

It s just been frustrating, the wait, said Cushing. The redundant rehab just over and over but it will all be worth it come that first game again.

Considering where I was, there were some mornings where I couldn t even walk but right now, it s just night and day, said Cushing. It s in the past. It s full throttle now and I m going to go as hard as I can until I m back.

From the very beginning, the Texans have been very careful with Cushing, who is a key part of the Texans defense for the 2013 season. The line backer says the process to get back to 100% has been long, but it has been productive.

I think it s gone very well. There haven t been any setbacks. It s felt great. I m starting to feel like me again and that s a hell of a feeling, said Cushing.

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