Wasn't he hurt last year??
No he wasn't. In fact he hasn't missed any time in the pros due to injury. LINK
Should have kept Demeco Ryans
No, they should not have kept Ryans. Lets ignore the 20/20 hindsight since there was no way to know Cushing would get hurt. First of all there is this thing called the salary cap. The Texans were over the cap last summer and had to get under. They had to outright cut starting RT Eric Winston to get under, plus after the 2012 season they were going to have to resign Duane Brown and Matt Schaub (they've re-upped with both) LT and QB > ILB. Most importantly, Ryans did not really fit Wade Phillips Defense. He did not play well last year and was often a 2 down player. Part of that was coming off a devastating injury in 2010, but he's more a 4-3 MLB.
This post was edited on 10/9 at 11:49 am