Brian Cushing has insisted that he will be ready for the start of the 2014 NFL season.
The Houston Texans linebacker suffered a leg fracture and knee ligament injury last October, ruling him out of the rest of the 2013 season.
The 27-year-old told the team's website: "I know I'll be ready. I know when it's go-time, and I need to ramp it up and get on the field, I'll be there."
The Texans host the Washington Redskins in the first week of the regular season.