Texans LB Brian Cushing has been playing with two broken bones in back

Aug 28, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing (56) during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Football players find themselves suiting up and playing through injuries most of us could scarcely imagine. The idea of walking around with broken bones in your back is bad enough. Now, think about the fact that Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been playing under these circumstances, and cringe-worthy comes to mind.

Cushing indicated on Wednesday that he’s played through two broken bones in is back this season, but doesn’t seem to be too concerned about it.

“There’s two fractures in my back, but those are things you have to push through,” Cushing said after practice Wednesday, via the Houston Chronicle. “Obviously, it’s painful, and I’m not able to get as many reps as I want in practice right now, but I’ll be out there Sunday with my team. I want the guys to know they can count on me, and that means the world to me.”

This revelation also comes on the same day that Cushing was named the Texans’ candidate for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

The Pro Bowler’s importance to Houston’s defense has taken on even more importance with J.J. Watt lost for the season. Maybe that’s why he feels the obligation to take to the field while dealing with such a painful injury.