Brian Cushing Injury: Updates on Texans LB's Knee and Recovery
Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing exited his team's Week 7 contest against the Kansas City Chiefs, and his status is up in the air after suffering a knee injury midway through the third quarter.
Cushing was injured when Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles went low on a block on a 2nd-and-goal play from the Houston 7-yard line. Charles' hit buckled and twisted the Texans linebacker's knee.
Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 12
From Drew Dougherty of HoustonTexans.com:
"By January, February, I should be 100%."- @briancushing56 on his comeback from knee injury.— Drew Dougherty (@DoughertyDrew) November 12, 2013
From ESPN's Ed Werder:
Texans LB Brian Cushing scheduled for surgery today with Dr James Andrews to repair damage to LCL in knee when blocked by Jamaal Charles— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 22, 2013
From Albert Breer of NFL.com:
Text from Cushing: "Excited to get back. I was playing my best football after my ACL recovery, and will be even better again after this."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 21, 2013
From Jay Glazer of FOX Sports:
Just got a text from Brian Cushing. Tough man! Broke his leg & tore his LCL, out for year. Says he will kill his rehab & come back stronger— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 21, 2013
Charles was not flagged on the play. Cushing remained down on the field for several minutes while being tended to by the Houston training staff, eventually leaving the field with two staff members flanking him on each side.
Kansas City finished off the drive by scoring a field goal to make it 17-13 late in the third quarter, while Cushing was taken to the locker room on a cart to undergo further evaluation, per Tom Pelissero of USA Today:
Cushing is headed for the cart. They're going to take him off.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 20, 2013
After the game Houston owner Bob McNair discussed the injury via Jeff Darlington of NFL.com:
Texans owner Bob McNair says Brian Cushing suffered a "serious" injury.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) October 20, 2013
Coach Gary Kubiak didn't sound optimistic either via Pelissero:
Gary Kubiak on injury to Cushing: "It doesn't look good."— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 20, 2013
There is no definitive word on Cushing's status, but it sounds like we'll find out on Monday according to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com:
Cushing asked if he could wait to talk to us after he gets his MRI tomorrow. Gotta feel for the guy. #Texans— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) October 20, 2013
The early indications are not good according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk:
Early indications on Brian Cushing are possible torn LCL. ACL appears to be fine. Still too early for firm diagnosis.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 21, 2013
The Texans were already playing with an injury-depleted roster. Tim Dobbins is listed as Cushing's primary backup and would normally fill his spot, but he was listed as inactive (hamstring). Darryl Sharpton, a fourth-year man out of Miami (Fla.), is active and will likely take a majority of the snaps at inside linebacker.
Starting quarterback Matt Schaub sat out with ankle and foot injuries he suffered last week against the St. Louis Rams, and running back Arian Foster also left early in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. The 2-4 Texans were looking to go on the road to pull off an upset victory over Kansas City, which is yet to lose a game. The Texans would lose 17-16.
Losing Brian Cushing will obviously have massive implications in the long and short term if his knee injury is severe. The former USC standout has been an anchor for Houston since being drafted in 2009, making the Pro Bowl in his rookie season and being named an All-Pro in 2011.
He led the team with 44 total tackles and had 1.5 sacks going into Week 7, and had four solo stops before leaving in the third quarter. The Texans signed Cushing to a six-year, $55.64 million contract extension before the 2013 season.
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