There aren't many players in the NFL who will admit to liking training camp, but things are different for Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing.

The seventh-year player said he's enjoying this year's camp, as it marks the first time he isn't coming off knee surgery since 2012.

"To be honest with you, this has been my favorite and maybe my best camp, just because I have a whole new appreciation for the game and being out here and whether it's the hot weather or the tough practices, I don't really mind it anymore," Cushing said, per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

The 2009 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year tore his ACL in a game against the New York Jets in 2012 and broke his leg and tore another ligament in his knee a year later in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Now more than a year removed from making it back, Cushing has said he'd finally feeling like he did in 2011, when he made 114 tackles, recorded four sacks and picked off two passes for the Texans.

"There have been camps where I haven't been able to play," Cushing said. "There's been (parts of) seasons I've missed and games I've missed. To be back now and feeling like my old self again, I'm very grateful."

(h/t Houston Chronicle)

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