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More Injuries for the Houston Texans: Brian Cushing Is Playing with Two Back Fractures

Brian Cushing has two back fractures and he intends to keep playing.

Injuries continue to mount for the Houston Texans and this time, inside linebacker Brian Cushing is dealing with an issue of his own. Cushing revealed that he is dealing with two fractures in his back that he has had for a couple of weeks. 

"There's two fractures in my back, but those are things you have to push through," Cushing said to Fox 26s Mark Berman. "Obviously, it's painful, and I'm not able to get as many reps as I want in practice right now, but I'll be out there Sunday with my team. I want the guys to know they can count on me, and that means the world to me.”

Cushing’s tenure with the Texans has been plagued with injuries that have resulted in two seasons cut short. Cushing is not about to have another season ending due to injuries, especially with his back fractures. 

"I've missed a number of games with season-ending injuries, and I don't want to miss any more time, so as long as I can walk, I'll be out there."

Cushing missed two games earlier in the season after being hurt on the first play of the season when he was side-swiped by John Simon who was trying to make a tackle. Cushing had a knee issue that was expected to keep him out for close to a month, but instead, it was only two weeks. 

"It's a pride issue and the nature of the game, the physicality of the sport. We understand it when we start to play the game. I chose a long time ago to be a dedicated teammate who finished what was asked of me because this is what I signed up for,” explained Cushing. 

On the season, Cushing has 30 total tackles in the 10 games he has started. He joins a banged up defense which is missing multiple starters due to injury. 

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