Brian Cushing Injury: Updates on Texans LB's Leg

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Brian Cushing Injury: Updates on Texans LB's Leg

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was all over the field in the first half against the New York Jets, but his status for the rest of the Monday-night contest is in question.

 

UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7:25 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Cushing, who has already been placed on IR, is set to undergo surgery on his left knee (via the Houston Texans' official Twitter account):

The surgery, which will be done by Dr. James Andrews, will take on place on Thursday. Since it is being done during Houston's bye week, Cushing, an off-the-field leader, won't miss any practices or games.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 12:50 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

The Texans made it official that Cushing won't return this season by placing the star linebacker on injured reserve, as reported on the team's Twitter feed. It's simply a procedural move confirming what had been reported throughout the week.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 4:40 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

According to head coach Gary Kubiak, Brian Cushing will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, per the Texans' official Twitter account:

 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 4:30 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

According to a league source, an MRI confirmed that Brian Cushing has indeed suffered a torn ACL, per Pro Football Talk:

 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 9 at 1:23 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Early indications concerning Cushing's knee aren't good.

According to Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain, the Texans linebacker has suffered a torn ACL:

We will have to wait until the team confirms this disappointing development, but the injury didn't look promising on the field.

Losing Cushing wouldn't completely disable the Texans' defense, but he's certainly a tough player to replace.

Stay tuned for confirmation.

 

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UPDATE: Monday, October 8 at 10:24 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to USA Today reporter Mike Garafolo, Cushing's knee injury will keep him out for the rest of Monday night's contest:

 

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Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain had the news:

 

That was followed by a report from New York Daily News reporter Seth Walder:

 

 

Despite the overall strength and talent to the unit, Cushing is extremely important to Wade Phillips' defense. Before leaving Monday night's game, the inside linebacker had five tackles (three solo).

On the season, Cushing has 24 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception. Cushing has recorded 100-plus tackles in two seasons of his young NFL career. Now in his fourth season, he's established himself as a reliable presence on one of the league's most daunting defenses.

If Cushing is out for any period of time, Houston fans can expect to see more of Mister Alexander and Tim Dobbins. Neither possess Cushing's talent, but Houston has enough talent to get by in the short term.

Since Phillips only uses two real linebackers for the majority of plays—with Brooks Reed and Connor Barwin essentially lining up at defensive end—Cushing's health is paramount. Veteran Bradie James is solid , but he could struggle without the former Southern Cal star playing next to him.

Keep an eye on this situation as the game progresses and in the upcoming weeks.

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