Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing said he is focusing on getting better, nothing else.
In his first session with the Houston media after suffering a season-ending knee injury on Monday, Cushing said he was not concerned with the fact that New York Jets guard Matt Slauson was fined $10,000 by the NFL.
It was Slauson's illegal block that caused Cushing to suffer a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ending his season.
"I don't think anything's going to change really from that," Cushing said. "They can do whatever they want. I'm just worried about getting back and getting healthy again and feeling good.
"That was up to them, to determine whether to do it or not and how much."
Cushing's point is whether Slauson was fined or not. His season is over and he is facing the long process that goes with recovering from major knee surgery.
"That's the thing: it's not going to change how my knees feels or when I get back on the field," Cushing said. "That's up to me now, the doctors and rehab the best I can. It's all part of the game. The next step is to get healthy, get back on the field as fast as I can."
Cushing said he is not the kind of player who worries about why something happened or if he could have done something different.
"Signing up for this game, I understand that this is part of it," Cushing said. "It's been a long time since I was injured last. My responsibility is to get healthy and get back for this team."
Texans Coach Gary Kubiak said he wants Cushing to be around the team while he recovers from surgery and gets ready for next season. Cushing thinks that is great.
"I want to be around them," Cushing said. "I want to be here for the guys and help them the best I can. Whether it's in spirit or coaching tips or whatever, I'm going to be here every single practice, every single day. I've got a new role now and I've accepted it."
On Thursday Cushing posted a message on his Twitter account and Facebook page that, in part, said the Texans are still going to win the Super Bowl.
"I got a lot of mixed reactions from that, but that's fine," Cushing said. "I'm doing whatever I can to cheer the guys up."
Cushing has heard his teammates openly discuss how he will be impossible to replace.
"It's special, it really is," Cushing said. "When you have that much respect from your teammates, that's what you play for. It makes me want to get healthy that much quicker and when I do, play that much harder for them."
He has also received a great deal of support from the Houston community. It is something that really touched Cushing.
"It's been awesome," Cushing said. "It's been really special. It's a great team, city and environment to be a part of. When something like that happens and everybody's got your back, it's a hell of a feeling."
Cushing does not need extra motivation to his job, but this injury will provide just that.
"I'm the kind of guy that remembers that kind of stuff, remember how I feel," Cushing said. "Never forget the pain I was going through, more mentally than anything else, just having to sit out. When rehab gets tough and the offseason is long, I will remember those moments and just how sweet it will be to come back and play football again."