No position on the Texans was more affected by injuries this season than inside linebacker. And no player they lost to injury was more important than inside linebacker Brian Cushing. Cushing, the Texans’ MVP and a second-team All-Pro in 2011, was one of four Houston inside linebackers to end the season on injured reserve. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee on Oct. 8 courtesy of a low, late block by New York Jets guard Matt Slauson, who was later fined $10,000 for the hit by the NFL.
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