For nearly a decade, veteran linebacker Brian Cushing has delivered a hard-hitting, emotional presence in the middle of the Texans' defense.

Since returning from a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy, Cushing has shifted to outside linebacker and has recorded a dozen tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in three starts.

Whether the 30-year-old former Pro Bowl selection and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year will be back for a 10th season remains a fluid situation. He's under contract for the next two seasons with nonguaranteed base salaries of $7.25 million and $8.25 million.

Whether it's with the Texans, which is his preference, or elsewhere, Cushing feels he's far from done.

"Yeah, I'm getting up there, too, but, at the same time, I'd like to continue playing," Cushing said. "The passion, fire, desire is all still there, so, definitely. Definitely. You do reflect and look on it every year, especially as you get older."

The Texans are well-stocked with good young inside linebackers in Benardrick McKinney, Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole.