Injuries create crisis for Texans’ LBs

Ryans is confident that Adibi and Clark will return in time for the regular season opener. And after four games, Houston will welcome back Cushing, the 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year.

“We’ve got our hands tied at the linebacking position, because we have so many guys that are down,” Ryans said. “But it’s good that we have the experience we have. With guys going down, it doesn’t bother me as much as it would have in the past.

“It’s part of football,” he said. “The linebacker position is very tough and very demanding. We have tough guys, and they’ll step in and they’ll be ready to go when the time comes.”

Kubiak also said tight end Owen Daniels has been medically cleared to return to practice. Daniels has been out since tearing a right knee ligament in the eighth game of last season. Kubiak said Daniels should be ready for the Texans’ regular-season opener against Indianapolis on Sept. 12.

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