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Texans fear torn ACL for Brian Cushing

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The injury Texans linebacker Brian Cushing suffered on Monday night may have ended his season.

A source told PFT’s Mike Florio that the Texans’ medical staff fears Cushing suffered a torn ACL in Monday night’s win over the Jets. An MRI to reveal the severity of the injury will be conducted today.

Cushing suffered the injury when Jets offensive lineman Matt Slauson hit him in the back of the knee, and he looked like he was in a lot of pain as he writhed on the ground. He was eventually able to limp to the locker room without assistance.

The team’s first-round draft pick in 2009, Cushing has been one of the team’s best defensive players. He served a four-game suspension in 2010 but has never missed a game because of injury.

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46 Responses to “Texans fear torn ACL for Brian Cushing”
  1. steelersownyou says: Oct 9, 2012 8:01 AM

    What a shame. As a steeler fan we know what its like to deal with big time injuries to our top players. Texans imo are the most well rounded team in the nfl. This is going to hurt them. But you still have enough to beat the ravens their defense is terrible. So i wouldnt sweat it too much!

  2. restlesspillow says: Oct 9, 2012 8:03 AM

    If only the drugs made his knee stronger too…

  3. gochargersgo says: Oct 9, 2012 8:04 AM

    Dirty hit. Would expect nothing less from the NY Jets.

  4. bossaliniee says: Oct 9, 2012 8:05 AM

    Without them roids,he’s plastic made from paper.

  5. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Oct 9, 2012 8:09 AM

    It’s not if the injury bug is gonna strike…it’s when. Schaub never seema to make it a full season either. However, as long as they have that miracle of modern chemistry JJ Watt, they’ll be right in the mix

  6. keepyerstickontheice says: Oct 9, 2012 8:19 AM

    No stranger to the juice, now he can try some of that HGH all the kids have been talking about.

  7. 4t9er says: Oct 9, 2012 8:21 AM

    That was a very dirty chop block from behind. This is a very huge blow to the Texans defense, when he left you can feel that their anchor was missing.

  8. dkrauss93 says: Oct 9, 2012 8:22 AM

    Damn I hate too see anyone go down with an injury. As a Jet fan I can say I can relate to seeing a playmaker go down to an ACL injury… It’s good that the Texans have a good D and it can help make up for the loss of Cushing. Before the season I had the Texans winning the SB and I still do even with this injury

  9. steeelfann says: Oct 9, 2012 8:26 AM

    I feel bad for Texans. Last year, I would guarantee they go to super bowl if Shaub is healthy all the way through.

    Now Cushing, probably their second best player on a great defense.

    Terrible.

  10. ravc82 says: Oct 9, 2012 8:28 AM

    Funny a Steeler’s fan has to look to someone else to take care of us/their problems. Oh, by the way- why aren’t you playing the Texans this year? Right, we swept you donkeys and won the division.

    As for keeping this germane to the article- sad to hear. We too understand the significant loss felt of losing a key defensive player. Good luck on the recovery end.

  11. hehateme2 says: Oct 9, 2012 8:29 AM

    Man, were they flat last night or what? They played like they were sleepwalking thru the game.

    The 49ers showed what the jets are all about.

  12. gojags says: Oct 9, 2012 8:34 AM

    You get what you give. Texans are notorious for going low and they got what they gave to others. The Blocking scheme is to go low on Defensive linemen and Cushing got a crack blow. Cushing its time to juice up!!!!

  13. punkyqb says: Oct 9, 2012 8:43 AM

    Roids will do that to you when you get off of them.

  14. knackstermyea says: Oct 9, 2012 8:44 AM

    Thats a “Cushing” blow

  15. prospero63 says: Oct 9, 2012 8:52 AM

    Good thing the real officials were out there focused on player safety and calling illegal clips. Good thing the press is holding the real officials accountable for bad calls (and no calls) like they did the replacement officials…

  16. fuglyflorio says: Oct 9, 2012 8:54 AM

    PEDs put a lot of stress on the body. Lots of these chemically induced superstars tend to break down quickly. It’s a dangerous strategy, but the payoff is huge.

  17. raidernation210 says: Oct 9, 2012 8:54 AM

    Don’t worry Brian just take some hgh and you will be back in no time. It’s not like you never used steriods before, right

  18. BlackandGoldMNBruinsFan says: Oct 9, 2012 8:57 AM

    Well, hopefully he can get on his Adderall prescription as soon as possible, and help that injury heal extra fast. That’s what all of these big guys are taking now, right? Adderall?

  19. raidernation210 says: Oct 9, 2012 8:59 AM

    steelersownyou says:
    Oct 9, 2012 8:01 AM
    What a shame. As a steeler fan we know what its like to deal with big time injuries to our top players. Texans imo are the most well rounded team in the nfl. This is going to hurt them. But you still have enough to beat the ravens their defense is terrible. So i wouldnt sweat it too much!

    ———————————————–

    Really cause the Steelers are the only other team to suffer injuries to your top players? do you even hear yourself? The Texans made it to the play off’s and won a game with the 3rd string qb last year. The Jet’s just lost Homes and Revis so the STEELERS are not the only team who suffers injuries to top players. so stop it!

  20. kevo126 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:00 AM

    Just throw a little hgh on it.

  21. giablommi says: Oct 9, 2012 9:01 AM

    Cheap, dirty, dispicable hit by Matt Slauson. The dive at Cushing’s knee came nowhere near the play. The only reason to dive at a knee like that is that you are looking to seriously injure someone.

    Well congrats, mission accomplished. Is anyone surprised a Jet would do that? Me neither. As always, karma awaits the Jest and Matt Slauson in particular.

    Get well Cushing.

  22. Peter Venkman says: Oct 9, 2012 9:02 AM

    Steroids put extra strain on ligaments.

  23. caseyanthonymunoz says: Oct 9, 2012 9:02 AM

    Rough night for Jersey. Their football team loses and their PED using hometown hero, Cushing, goes down for the year. And to make things worse, they still have to live in Jersey.

  24. ravenmuscle says: Oct 9, 2012 9:03 AM

    Its a real shame…Cushing is a great guy and a great player.

  25. heymangold says: Oct 9, 2012 9:08 AM

    I was at the game and couldn’t tell, was it an accidental hit?

  26. chc4 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:09 AM

    Once he starts popping pills he’ll be back in 4-6 weeks!

  27. cooklynn17 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:11 AM

    Maybe it has something to do with that overactive training syndrome…

  28. thepurp1 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:14 AM

    When you look at Baltimores points against, they are far better than Pittsburg. Just saying.

  29. chalkruz1989 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:18 AM

    It’s sad to see those that are so low in life and feel the need to come on a message board and poke fun at someone for being injured.

    It’s a shame to hear about Brian Cushing, he’s a high-energy player that is a ferocious leader on the field. If anyone can/will recover from an injury it’s this guy.

    A true testament to the way Cushing plays the game is on YouTube. After a teammate of his intercepts a pass, Cushing goes running down field as the lead blocker and completely destroys a 300+ pound lineman then calls the guy a name most men would not appreciate being called…The two get in each others face and then somehow Cushing’s helmet comes off and even though it’s off, he still headbutts the guy.

  30. louiegrandie says: Oct 9, 2012 9:33 AM

    That hit was a total cheap shot with intent to injure. Neither were in the play and he tried to hit him in the sport that would do the most damage.

  31. dwheel79 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:33 AM

    U retards saying steriods n ligaments obviously didn’t watch the game n the illegal dirty hit by slauson.. Suspension and fine should be coming.. BS..

  32. htowntexan says: Oct 9, 2012 9:46 AM

    Huge loss for our defense. What makes it worse is that it was from a dirty hit.

    It will be interesting to see what the league does. There is absolutely no way you can defend the block–it was clearly meant to injure. The league turned the other way when Rex told his players to injure Reggie Bush. Rex thinks the NFL is still like it was when his daddy coached–something needs to be done to stop this dirty coach/team.

  33. prospero63 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:12 AM

    Re: Doing something to stop dirty plays like this.

    I have long been of the opinion that if someone injures a player as a result of a dirty play, IOW a play that draws either a fine or a penalty, they should be suspended for however long the injured player is out. You end someone’s season on a dirty play? You just ended your own season. I guaran-gawd-damn-tee it if the NFL did that, you’d see a quick end to those kinds of plays.

  34. hehateme2 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:29 AM

    The lowly jets will get what’s coming to them… don’t worry.
    4-12 in 2012

  35. billhicks666 says: Oct 9, 2012 11:17 AM

    gojags says:

    “You get what you give. Texans are notorious for going low and they got what they gave to others. The Blocking scheme is to go low on Defensive linemen and Cushing got a crack blow. Cushing its time to juice up!!!!”

    Man, are you a serious idiot. You’re obviously a frustrated fan of a pathetically bad team, so you decided to try to add insult to injury. The Texans do not do anything dirty with their blocking scheme and you know it. Trying to compare what the Texans do with that cheap shot that took Cushing out just demonstrates how a fan’s hatred for one team can completely cloud their judgment. Keep rooting for losers, loser.

  36. dolfan66r says: Oct 9, 2012 11:34 AM

    I saw the play. Dirty play by the Jets OL. Rex probably told the guy to take him out!

  37. dolfan66r says: Oct 9, 2012 11:36 AM

    JETS= Just Eliminate Texan Starters

  38. jolink653 says: Oct 9, 2012 11:51 AM

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy…Living in New Jersey, we would all hear the stories about this kid and how he gained 70 pounds of muscle between his junior and senior year thanks to steroids, he used to beat his girlfriend, and his own high school teammates hated him so much they would have team meetings behind his back…Obviously you never want to see anyone hurt but I’m just saying I’m not too upset that it happened to him

  39. mrgroovesd says: Oct 9, 2012 12:18 PM

    You idiots are dumb to say it’s PEDs that is what got him injured. If anyone got hit in the knee like that, 9 times out of 10 someone will tear a ligament in that knee.

    But aside from that, as a Bolt fan I liked watching him play. He is good closing the gap and drop back in the pass. A big blow to the Texans defense. Hopefully Dobbins steps up and fills those shoes correctly.

  40. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Oct 9, 2012 12:54 PM

    Dwight Stephenson 2.0

    Et tu, Marty Lyons. Et tu?

  41. billhicks666 says: Oct 9, 2012 1:23 PM

    jolink653 says:

    “Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy…Living in New Jersey, we would all hear the stories about this kid and how he gained 70 pounds of muscle between his junior and senior year thanks to steroids, he used to beat his girlfriend, and his own high school teammates hated him so much they would have team meetings behind his back…Obviously you never want to see anyone hurt but I’m just saying I’m not too upset that it happened to him”

    Right, and I’m sure everything you said about Cushing is based on fact and not idle gossip. Get a life, moron.

  42. weavedawg74 says: Oct 9, 2012 2:02 PM

    Not quite sure how all of the PED comments are still valid. Regardless of whether or not he actually used PEDs, which according to the NFL he did, he served his time. After serving that time he came back and was still the same player he was before the suspension. He’s still just as angry, fierce, fast, and aggressive as he was before the suspension. I say all of this to point out that he did not take the route of Shawn Merriman and drop off the face of the earth. He’s still an excellent player and the heart of a good defense, so maybe it’s not just the PEDs which made him a good player.

  43. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 9, 2012 2:24 PM

    Dirty hit. Rex probably coached it up. He already got caught on audio telling guys to rip players’ heads off last week.

  44. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 9, 2012 2:28 PM

    NOW, having said that — and being a Giants fan, so not bitter like some Jets fans are –Kubiak and Alex Gibbs’ linemen were constantly accused of dirty cut blocks with that zone blocking scheme for those stretch plays. Back in Denver, their guys ended a couple of Chargers players’ seasons (and Tanuvasa’s career) with dirty blocks like that. It’s as if the Jets were coached to give the Texans what they do when their guards pull and kick out, pushing guys in the back (and often rolling up on their legs in the process).

    Zone blocking is not dirty, but when guys seem to be diving into other guys’ knees like Slauson did last night, that’s a completely different story.

  45. jetstizzi85 says: Oct 9, 2012 3:44 PM

    Funny people are saying “did you expect anything less from the Jets” when the Texans have been called dirty players (their linemen) for years. Karma for the Jets or to the Texans?

  46. stoptrippn says: Oct 9, 2012 5:13 PM

    Slauson could of hit him high. Punkass chop block. Texan lost their best defensive player. Total bs.

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