The Houston Texans blew a 20-3 lead against the Seattle Seahawks this past Sunday, and one of the reasons for the second half collapse likely is Brian Cushing's absence. The Texans inside linebacker suffered a concussion midway through the third quarter, and was unable to return. There were plenty of reasons the Texans lost, but losing Cushing didn't help.
Reports out of Houston indicate Cushing is making good progress. The Houston Chronicle is reporting he looks good to start this Sunday against the 49ers. Head coach Gary Kubiak said "(Cushing’s) feeling much better. He was a part of the meetings. He was a part of everything that we were doing."
That being said, it is worth noting the Texans are bringing in former 49ers linebacker Tavares Gooden for a workout. Gooden shot out several tweets before and after his workout with the team. He has not yet signed with the Texans.
Gooden is a special teams player, so I imagine this is not likely connected to Cushing's recovery. That being said, it is still interesting timing to bring in a linebacker for a workout. The Texans will issue their first practice participation report Wednesday afternoon. We won't have final information at that point, but it will be worth tracking Cushing's progress.