Football is a brutal and demanding sport and the rigors of playing the game can have serious consequences for players' bodies.
Although the NFL is currently going through its offseason, this time of the year is a crucial time of year for many players as they attempt to correct certain body issues.
Players in all different positions regularly pick up minor and major injuries almost every season, and it's not uncommon for the same player to have surgery on minor issues in consecutive offseasons.
Bad times for Cushing
However, for one player to have three different offseason surgeries in one year is slightly more unheard of, but the player concerned, Houston Texans Brian Cushing, says he's not too worried about his current plight - which included injuries to his wrist, left knee and left ankle that have all needed surgery this offseason.
"It's not uncommon for stuff like that to happen. It's just little things here and there, the residual effects of two major surgeries and injuries, the wear and tear of playing throughout the season," Cushing told NFL.com.
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Safe to say, Brian Cushing has led an injury-filled career. This now marks the third consecutive season for the linebacker in which he has gone under the knife.
Looking on the bright side
Furthermore, Cushing, who was a Pro Bowler in 2009, has not finished an NFL season since the 2011 campaign. Despite these worrying facts that have led to some describing him as injury-prone, the talented middle linebacker insists he will be ready to prove his critics wrong next season.
"There were still some things bothering me a little bit. Just went in there and had real good success in both areas and looking forward to a very healthy and productive season," Cushing added.