Brian Cushing is having a quiet offseason and he's thrilled.
"This is the healthiest I've been in a long time, even last year," Cushing said to Texans TV. "Coming off a full year, playing and really feeling no ailments or anything is very exciting. So I'm ramping it up pretty quickly. There's not as long of a healing period but just going after it and staying healthy and continuing to improve."
Cushing started all 16 games in 2015, the first full season he's had since 2011. He'd spend the next two years dealing with major knee surgeries and rehab. The veteran linebacker missed Weeks 8 and 9 in the 2014 season when he knew something wasn't right with his knee. He bounced back for the remainder of that season and hasn't missed a game since.
"You can talk with certain people and certain trainers and what they think but nothing tells the truth like your body," Cushing said. "It kind of speaks to you and lets you know where you are physically and mentally. So obviously, the biggest listening point is yourself and trying to figure out how you feel and when it's time to go and when to shut it down. You've got to listen to yourself and figure out exactly what's the best plan for you."
Already looking forward to the 2016 season, Cushing says he feels "great." He finished last year with 110 tackles, reaching triple-digit tackles for the first time in four years, and recorded three passes defensed, two quarterback hits, four tackles for loss, and one forced fumble. Cushing also intercepted his first career pass in the postseason when he picked off Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith in the first quarter.
"I'm just excited," Cushing said. "It's the best I've felt in a long time, finished out a full healthy year, played hard and played every game and really feel good. Bounced back quick and ready to go again."
Cushing's interview can be seen on "Texans 360," which airs Saturday nights at 11 p.m. CT on ABC-13.
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