If you're worried about Brian Cushing's health...don't. The inside linebacker said he's just fine.
"100 percent," Cushing said on Friday. "I'm not worried about anything anymore. Those days are over. When you put as much as I do into rehab and work, you know you're ready to go."
After missing the second half of 2013 because of a knee injury, Cushing is ready to go for Sunday's opener against Washington. He'll start in the middle at the "Mike" linebacker spot, and knows his return to action in a regular season contest will be one to remember.
"It's extremely special," Cushing said. "It's something I want to do and be a part of. To be back playing football, it feels right."
As excited as he is, the same can be said for his head coach Bill O'Brien. He even took it a step further on Thursday, when he was asked whether or not he was "fired up" for Cushing's return.
"That's a good way to put it," O'Brien said. "I'm fired up to watch Brian Cushing play. I believe we all are. He's had a really good week of practice."
Cushing appreciated hearing those words from O'Brien.
"It means a lot," Cushing said. "Obviously, he anticipates me to play well and it's something that I'm obviously, anticipating as well and I think all my teammates are."
Cushing and the Texans kick off the 2014 campaign with Sunday's opener at NRG Stadium against Washington. (Noon, CT on FOX-26/KRIV)