Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing (56) against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs defeated the Texans 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Cushing Out For The Season

In each of the last three weeks the Texans have lost a key starter to major injury. Owen Daniels went down two weeks ago and Daniel Manning went on I.R. last week. This week, Brian Cushing is likely headed to the I.R. after suffering a broken fibula and torn LCL on a helmet to his knee. According to Albert Breer (NFL.com), Cushing’s MCL, ACL, PCL, and patella are fine and Cushing will have a three-month recovery table after surgery within the next couple of days.

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As evidenced last year, the Texans defense suffered a lot when Cushing was off the field. This year when Cushing went down with a concussion during the Seahawks game it was clear the defense was different with Cushing off the field and it may have cost them the game. Cushing’s presence both on-and-off the field can not be overstated. Joe Mays and Darryl Sharpton will be responsible to take Cushing’s role. Tim Dobbins is listed as Cushing’s backup but he has been injured himself and inactive on game day. Justin Tuggle may be in line for more snaps and Mike Mohamed is also listed as an ILB on the depth chart.

Many fans are not with Jamaal Charles and his hit on Cushing but everything seemed 100% legal. A running back is taught to go low on a stronger defender and a defender is taught ways to avoid these types of cut blocks. It was a very unfortunate injury to Cushing especially considering all he went through in 2012. After tearing his ACL last season (due to a low cut block away from the play), Cushing was just getting back to full strength. All Texans player’s felt terrible after the game but they said they know he will come back stronger than ever. Cushing knows Charles did what had to be done on the play and he doesn’t seem upset at Charles.



Seeing season-ending injuries are terrible but for it to happen to a guy two seasons in a row is just terrible. Whether you are a Texans fan or just an NFL fan it’s hard not to feel for the guy. Cushing is expected to be healthy for next season and expect him to rehab like an animal to be fully ready for 2014.


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