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Brian Cushing back at practice

Brian Cushing returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time in nearly three weeks and said there was a possibility he could play in Sunday's game.

"There's a possibility, but we are just taking it day-by-day," Cushing said Wednesday. "This is the first day. Obviously, we all know there's a big difference between practice and a full game. We'll see where we get. At the same time, that's the goal and that's the end goal. That's something that I would really enjoy and want to do. But, there's some more work to do that." 

After suffering sprained MCL in the season opener against Chicago, Cushing was inactive for the last two games. The eighth-year veteran linebacker recorded two tackles in nine defensive snaps before leaving the Week 1 matchup with the knee injury. 

"It's really good to get him back," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "He looked good today. Moving around and looks like he's ramping it up to be able to play in the game."

Cushing is happy with his progress but is still working his way back. On Sept. 12, O'Brien said the starting inside linebacker would be back "sooner rather than later" but gave no official timetable on his return. 

"Cushing is a leader to the unit," defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said. "He has some physicalness and some toughness. If he's able to be there for us on Sunday, then I think that would be helpful, particularly when you lose J.J. (Watt). Having that leadership in there will be good."

The (2-1) Texans will host the (1-2) Tennessee Titans in their first divisional game of the 2016 season. Kickoff is set for Sunday at 12 p.m. CT.

Check out the best photos from Wednesday's practice presented by Houston Methodist.

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