Brian Cushing cleared to return

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was cleared to return Wednesday by Dr. James Andrews from a knee injury that cut his 2012 season short, the team announced through its Twitter account.

Cushing will be ready for training camp, although the team will ease him back into action, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Cushing, 26, tore his anterior cruciate ligament after a rolling hit by then-New York Jets guard Matt Slauson on Oct. 8 of last season. Slauson was not flagged on the play, but he was fined $10,000 by the NFL.

Before his injury last season, Cushing had only missed four games in his previous three NFL seasons, and that was to serve a suspension in 2010 for a positive test for a banned substance.

Cushing's last major injury before the 2012 season came during his junior season at Southern California, when he missed three games with a sprained left ankle.

He led the Texans with 114 tackles in 2011 and had an interception and a forced fumble to go along with his 38 stops last season before his season-ending injury.

Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.