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Brian Cushing debuts in Houston Texans' 7-on-7 drills

Brian Cushing has taken another step in his comeback.

The Houston Texans linebacker joined teammates in 7-on-7 drills for the first time Thursday. Cushing continues to make good progress in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Cushing -- one of the game's preeminent inside linebackers -- immediately made his presence felt, batting down the first pass thrown in his direction.

"It felt great," Cushing said, via the Houston Chronicle. "I've been telling guys, this is the right feeling. I'm playing football, making plays again. It was a long offseason, but I've got no worries now, no residual effects. No pain. I can plant and cut. Everything feels normal again."

This is great news for a Texans defense that struggled to fill the void left by Cushing after he went down in October. There's not a lot of depth at inside linebacker in Houston -- as the recent Joe Mays signing illuminated -- making Cushing's return to 100 percent even more important.

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