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Brian Cushing carted off after Jamaal Charles hits his knee

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Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was carted to the locker room in Kansas City with what looked like a potentially serious knee injury.

Cushing came on a blitz and was blocked low by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, and Cushing went down in obvious pain. Although Charles’s block was legal under NFL rules, it was a hard shot directly at the knees, and the Texans seemed to take exception to it, with multiple Houston players getting in Charles’ face afterward.

Cushing knows what a bad knee injury feels like, having missed most of last season with a torn ACL, and he seemed extremely upset as he was taken off the field. We won’t know the diagnosis until Cushing has an MRI, but this looked bad.

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47 Responses to “Brian Cushing carted off after Jamaal Charles hits his knee”
  1. seahawkgoat says: Oct 20, 2013 6:29 PM

    PED Karma – hope he is alright, but tough to feel too much sympathy

  2. joetoronto says: Oct 20, 2013 6:31 PM

    That’s a damn shame, and the Texans defense just isn’t the same without him.

    With some luck, Alex Smith could break 200 yards passing in a single game! ☺

    Meanwhile, the Texans may have found their next QB.

  3. n0hopeleft says: Oct 20, 2013 6:31 PM

    That was a SAUCY hit!

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 20, 2013 6:31 PM

    135.9 QB Rating

  5. skoobyfl says: Oct 20, 2013 6:34 PM

    Bad break for Brian, he’ll be back.

  6. sbc85 says: Oct 20, 2013 6:35 PM

    Texans are pretty hypocritical getting mad about a cut block when they are the kings of it on offense.

  7. middy8484 says: Oct 20, 2013 6:37 PM

    Poor babies

  8. salscobrakai says: Oct 20, 2013 6:39 PM

    There goes the Brian Cushing stock IPO.

  9. bluburt says: Oct 20, 2013 6:40 PM

    The NFL seriously needs to make that kind of block illegal. All the rules for player safety, yet cleaning out a dude’s knee is legal…

  10. craniator says: Oct 20, 2013 6:40 PM

    I agree ; gotta love Brian Cushing , heck of a player , old school thumper. Still , the only difference between this hit and the one Texans safety D.J. Swearinger laid on Miami TE Dustin Keller to end his season was that Keller was injured in preseason.

  11. AParsons says: Oct 20, 2013 6:41 PM

    Bad luck Brian. Wish you the best.

  12. joetoronto says: Oct 20, 2013 6:42 PM

    seahawkgoat says:
    Oct 20, 2013 6:29 PM
    PED Karma – hope he is alright, but tough to feel too much sympathy
    ***************************************************
    I guess a fan of the team from Alaska should know all about PED’S.

  13. jetsfan79 says: Oct 20, 2013 6:44 PM

    It’s not jamaals fault Cushing has bad knees. Wtf

  14. iceburgskin202 says: Oct 20, 2013 6:44 PM

    Never like to see anyone hurt hope it’s not too serious!!!

  15. vbgnola says: Oct 20, 2013 6:44 PM

    3 major injuries today for the Texans. Can’t help but think that its Karma for the fans cheering that Schaub injury…. Hate it for the players.

  16. green41563 says: Oct 20, 2013 6:44 PM

    And they tried blaming Matt Slauson the last time he blew his ACL

    Look, it’s football. It’s terrible that injuries happen, but that’s the nature of the game.

  17. weavedawg74 says: Oct 20, 2013 6:46 PM

    seahawkgoat says: Oct 20, 2013 6:29 PM

    PED Karma – hope he is alright, but tough to feel too much sympathy
    ———————————————————-

    Exactly how many times does he have to have his ACL torn before the PED crap is no longer brought up. He tore it last and the PED mess was mentioned. I’d say that since he hasn’t popped hot since 2009 and still played incredibly well, maybe he had talent and it wasn’t just the PEDs. Alas, the point remains that whether he’s brittle” from the PEDs or not, that hit would destroy anyone’s knee.

    Also, seeing as you’re a Seahawks fans, maybe you shouldn’t being throwing stones from your glass house.

  18. jessejames182 says: Oct 20, 2013 6:46 PM

    If this was hockey somebody would’ve dropped the gloves and messed up Charles, but unfortunately this is Goodells league.

  19. titansbro says: Oct 20, 2013 6:50 PM

    These kinda blocks are what the Texans do to every other team. Better not hear a peep out of then on this one.

  20. dualprime says: Oct 20, 2013 6:50 PM

    Helmet to the knee is bush league regardless of which team you’re pulling for.

  21. FlashPatterson says: Oct 20, 2013 6:50 PM

    You’ll be ok Brian. Take two syringes and call your doc in the morning.

  22. FlashPatterson says: Oct 20, 2013 6:52 PM

    Brian Cushing took steroids.

  23. dualprime says: Oct 20, 2013 6:53 PM

    jetsfan79 says:
    Oct 20, 2013 6:44 PM
    It’s not jamaals fault Cushing has bad knees. Wtf
    ———————-
    It’s Jamaal’s fault he took a shot at Cushing’s knee.

  24. seahawkgoat says: Oct 20, 2013 6:55 PM

    I think we can all agree that Adderall and HGH don’t ring equal on the PED ladder. I’d say if he blows it out 2 more times, he’ll be square with karma.

    The dude is a whiner, and has not been nearly as dominant as when he was juiced up.

    Yes, the Seahawks took Adderall. Any squid knows that it isn’t the same thing

  25. blackmamba248 says: Oct 20, 2013 6:57 PM

    lets see if Mr pencil neck (Merton Hanks) fines him!

  26. seahawkgoat says: Oct 20, 2013 6:57 PM

    Also, in regards to “throwing stones”, I never said sympathy is deserved towards Seahawk players either. So I fail to see how the cliched term applies here?

  27. bennyb82 says: Oct 20, 2013 6:59 PM

    I wonder what football will look like when knee hits are no longer allowed? I bet we see a rise in cup sales…

  28. busterbeam36 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:02 PM

    This whole “he deserved because of PED use” is disgusting. Nobody deserves an injury to his knee (or head) because of what he may have done. It was a bush league play at best, and Jamaal should land himself a hefty fine for what he did.

  29. joetoronto says: Oct 20, 2013 7:07 PM

    Charles just speared JJ Watt in the ribs while he couldn’t defend himself.

    SMH.

  30. trevor123698 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:11 PM

    dead athletes don’t lie

  31. weavedawg74 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:22 PM

    seahawkgoat says: Oct 20, 2013 6:55 PM

    I think we can all agree that Adderall and HGH don’t ring equal on the PED ladder. I’d say if he blows it out 2 more times, he’ll be square with karma.

    The dude is a whiner, and has not been nearly as dominant as when he was juiced up.

    Yes, the Seahawks took Adderall. Any squid knows that it isn’t the same thing
    ———————————————————-

    In regards to him not being nearly as dominant, it is important to note what followed that season.

    2009 (Rookie) – 134 combined Tackles, 5.0 sacks – 16 games- OLB
    2010 – 76 combined tackles, 1.5 sacks – 12 games – OLB
    2011 – 114 combined tackles, 4 sacks – 16 games – ILB
    2012 – 30 combined tackles, 0 sacks – 5 games – ILB
    2013 – 44 combined tackles, 1.5 sacks – 6 games – ILB

    Now, pay attention, this is where it gets a little complicated for inferior minds. He was drafted as an Outside Linebacker and played that position for only 2 years. One of which he was suspended for the first four games. He came back and totaled 56% of the tackles that he accrued his rookie season. Not exactly great numbers but not bad either. In 2011 he was switched to Inside Linebacker where his assignment is drastically different especially considering that the defense was switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4, yet he still garnered enough tackles to prove that it wasn’t the PEDs. His 2012 was cut short but he was he was on pace for 96 tackles which is not exactly respectable, but considering that the D-Line (read: JJ Watt) was playing out of his mind he wasn’t really in position to do a whole lot. This season he was on pace for 117 tackles, which right on par for a Linebacker in an effective 3-4 defensive scheme.

    I know that’s a lot for you to read but I hope you came away slightly less ignorant than you came in.

  32. dualprime says: Oct 20, 2013 7:28 PM

    Peyton will drop 500 plus yards on “this” #1 defense assuming they don’t take out his knees.

  33. green41563 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:33 PM

    dualprime says:
    Oct 20, 2013 7:28 PM
    Peyton will drop 500 plus yards on “this” #1 defense assuming they don’t take out his knees.
    _________________________________

    Peyton drops 500 on everyone. Until playoff time. Then he drops a pile in the back of his shorts.

  34. tjjohnson98 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:34 PM

    I see that block 50 times every Sunday around the NFL. Bad luck for Cushing, but saying it’s bush league is stupid, especially with the 300 lb Texan linemen doing the same thing.

  35. serkeljerks says: Oct 20, 2013 7:34 PM

    seahawkgoat says: Oct 20, 2013 6:55 PM

    I think we can all agree that Adderall and HGH don’t ring equal on the PED ladder. I’d say if he blows it out 2 more times, he’ll be square with karma.

    The dude is a whiner, and has not been nearly as dominant as when he was juiced up.

    Yes, the Seahawks took Adderall. Any squid knows that it isn’t the same thing
    ———————————————————-

    Adderall is used as a masking agent to take PEDs…..that’s the whole point. ANY SQUID KNOWS THAT.

  36. acdc84 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:40 PM

    If Houston is going to take exception to anything it should be their embarrassing lack of effort this season and not the RB of the team they just lost to…

  37. jk86nfl says: Oct 20, 2013 7:41 PM

    People are complaining that a small RB was doing what he could to try and protect his QB from the likes of Cushing/Watt which obviously are hulking monsters in comparison size wise?

    You wouldn’t be calling it bush league if he played for your team. You would call him a gritty team player. How the hell is a guy of his frame supposed to stand up J.J. Watt? He can’t.

  38. jeffbye says: Oct 20, 2013 7:42 PM

    This isn’t the first time I’ve seen Jamaal Charles make a block that low over the years.

  39. busterbeam36 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:44 PM

    green41563 says: Oct 20, 2013 6:44 PM

    And they tried blaming Matt Slauson the last time he blew his ACL

    Look, it’s football. It’s terrible that injuries happen, but that’s the nature of the game.

    ———————–

    They blamed Slauson because he dove at Cushing’s knee and took it out, they were right to call him out.

  40. blancodiablo says: Oct 20, 2013 8:09 PM

    Cushing will always be associated with PEDs. Ask any athlete that’s been caught – Armstrong, Bonds, ARod – people don’t forget. That’s what happens when you cheat.

    To have fans of a team coached by Kubiak complain about cut blocking is priceless.

    Cushing doesn’t have the makeup to play in the NFL; his body cant take the hits. It’s understandable he felt the need to cheat. But his time is up. Kind of like the Houston Oilers.

  41. hawkforlife says: Oct 20, 2013 8:10 PM

    seahawkgoat is NOT a Seahawk fan. I have no idea what he is but a fan he is not. Get well Cushing.

    And seahawkgoat, go root for someone else’s team. Maybe the 49ers.

  42. mrgroovesd says: Oct 20, 2013 8:11 PM

    Doesn’t matter what team it is, that block should be illegal. Never like seeing that type of block in the games.

  43. jbaxt says: Oct 20, 2013 8:21 PM

    Good block by Charles, just a freak accident. RBs make blocks like that in every game. Too bad for Texans, but go Chiefs. The Texans D is stout, good game.

  44. raiderapologist says: Oct 20, 2013 8:42 PM

    Cut blocks should be illegal, but they’re not, so it’s up to the defender to avoid them. There were a couple of rib shots in that game that looked to be a bit cheap. Charles on Watt, and the KC lineman (Poe?) on Tate, but you can’t expect the refs to settle those conflicts, and Houston didn’t do anything about it. That’s on them.

  45. wfh88 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:33 PM

    “jeffbye says:
    Oct 20, 2013 7:42 PM
    This isn’t the first time I’ve seen Jamaal Charles make a block that low over the years.”

    Or any other RB in the NFL. You people just start watching football today? You’re a 185 lb tailback and you’re trying to block a 250-300 lb guy sprinting directly at you….you drop down and take him off his feet.

  46. jeffbye says: Oct 20, 2013 11:38 PM

    “jeffbye says:
    Oct 20, 2013 7:42 PM
    This isn’t the first time I’ve seen Jamaal Charles make a block that low over the years.

    Or any other RB in the NFL. You people just start watching football today? You’re a 185 lb tailback and you’re trying to block a 250-300 lb guy sprinting directly at you….you drop down and take him off his feet.”

    ——————-

    You shaved 15lbs. off of Charles, but I see your point in Cushing having 50lbs. on the guy.

    You also have OT’s outweighing guys by 50-75lbs. being put on their ass by SS or LB. You have 185-200lb. receivers standing up DEs and LBs because they learned how to play hard and clean. The point is there was no reason for him to go for the knees like that and I’ve seen him do it multiple times without so much as a mention. If a team doesn’t have the personnel to block and extend plays while still showing respect for the careers of others, you can’t just make up for that by playing dirty.

  47. Ryan Fuchs says: Oct 21, 2013 3:53 PM

    I’ve seen running backs have their knees blown out from guys tackling low (see: Marcus Lattimore while he was at SC as one example) at just the moment that the back planted his foot.

    It happens.

    If you are going to tell offensive players that they they can’t block low (when the defender is not already engaged), are you going to tell all the defensive players that they can no longer tackle low?

    The risks are the same.

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