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Torn LCL, broken leg will end Brian Cushing’s season

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The Texans were fearing the worst after linebacker Brian Cushing was carted off with a left knee injury.

A league source tells PFT that early indications are that Cushing may have torn his lateral collateral ligament (LCL) but that the ACL appears to be fine. Cushing tore his ACL last season and spent the offseason rehabbing that injury.

A torn LCL would not be good news, obviously, and Cushing would likely still need surgery that would keep him out of the lineup. Avoiding a second tear of the ACL in the same knee should make for a better long-term prognosis for Cushing, however.

The source cautions that it is too early for a firm diagnosis on Cushing’s knee, so things can still change as more tests are done and doctors evaluate the result. The Texans have Week Eight off, but we’d guess that there will be updates on Cushing’s status before the team heads off on break later this week.

UPDATE 8:21 p.m. ET: Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that he received a text from Cushing that said he tore his LCL and broke his leg. Per Glazer, Cushing expects to miss the rest of the season.

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48 Responses to “Torn LCL, broken leg will end Brian Cushing’s season”
  1. green41563 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:21 PM

    Could be a lot worse. Usually not a surgical injury.

  2. axespray says: Oct 20, 2013 8:22 PM

    So …did Thomas Davis lift the knee injury voodoo curse then it accidentally got on Cushing or something?

  3. chargersdiehard says: Oct 20, 2013 8:26 PM

    Bummer. This guy is like shawne merriman. 2.0.

  4. wearethesteelers says: Oct 20, 2013 8:27 PM

    LAWL!!! GO STEELERS!

  5. jakec4 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:27 PM

    At least he doesn’t have to sit around and watch a winner this time without him.

  6. chief67 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:27 PM

    That sucks he`s a heck of a player .

  7. repmochief50 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:29 PM

    That sucks, have nothing but respect for their defense. Was a clean, hard-fought game and wasn’t decided until last 2 min. Hate to see anyone lost for the season…..

  8. wearethesteelers says: Oct 20, 2013 8:29 PM

    Steelers continue to get better.

    We’ll make another run at a World Title.

    Everyone knows it.

    You are EXTREMELY jealous.

  9. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Oct 20, 2013 8:30 PM

    why would anyone text jay glazer?

  10. salscobrakai says: Oct 20, 2013 8:31 PM

    Hate to see this for a great player. They didn’t win today, but I thought the Texans played with a lot more energy and fire today with Keenum as QB. Matt Schaub earns $10 million next year and $1 million for every game he’s with the Texans. Needless to say we’ve seen the last of Matt Schaub in Houston.

  11. pooflingingmonkey says: Oct 20, 2013 8:31 PM

    Apparently, steroids don’t strengthen bones.

  12. serkeljerks says: Oct 20, 2013 8:31 PM

    Man….that Houston ship can’t sink fast enough. That defense will take a massive hit without Cush in there. There was a precipitous fall off when Cush left the game against Seattle. On the upside..Keenum looked pretty good. No pick-6’s at least.

  13. chawk12thman says: Oct 20, 2013 8:31 PM

    Bummer……..Sorry to hear this…..

  14. htowntexan says: Oct 20, 2013 8:35 PM

    Keenum looked great. Schaub will start in two weeks. Kubiack.

  15. rgb2425 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:38 PM

    Why osnt jamaal charles’ cheap hit being mentioned? He ran square at cushing and dropped his head right at his knee. Cheap and cowardly.

  16. camocav213 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:40 PM

    TEXANS SEASON WILL GO DOWN!!!!!!!!!!

    WELL PLAYED GAME BY BOTH TEAMS

  17. seahawkgoat says: Oct 20, 2013 8:44 PM

    Pooflingingmonkey nailed it

  18. afcdomination says: Oct 20, 2013 8:47 PM

    Jamaal Charles by no means took a cheap shot. end that nonsense now. he is just a HB who happens to know how to block, and he is possibly one the best in the league at doing so. tough player that Charles

    that said, best wishes to cushing, you hate to see that.

  19. raiderapologist says: Oct 20, 2013 8:47 PM

    onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Oct 20, 2013 8:30 PM

    why would anyone text jay glazer?
    ——-
    He pays $100 per text, and gives a great massage as well.

  20. deadeye says: Oct 20, 2013 8:48 PM

    Terrible luck for Cushing and the Texans.

    We’re gonna see new rules next season about hitting directly against the knee. Eventually the NFL will become the NFFL, National Flag Football League.

  21. sopadegato says: Oct 20, 2013 8:50 PM

    Cushing and Watt in one game? Jamaal Charles has some serious bounty money coming down the pipe.

  22. fumblenuts says: Oct 20, 2013 8:53 PM

    Steroids weaken the tendons and ligaments then bones break more easily…….

  23. rgb2425 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:59 PM

    afcdomination says: Oct 20, 2013 8:47 PM

    Jamaal Charles by no means took a cheap shot. end that nonsense now. he is just a HB who happens to know how to block, and he is possibly one the best in the league at doing so. tough player that Charles

    that said, best wishes to cushing, you hate to see that.
    ___________________________________

    YOU DON’T GO OFF TACKLE, UP THE 6 HOLE, AND TARGET SOMEONE’S KNEE. YOU BLOCK LIKE THAT WHEN YOU ARE PASS-SETTING IF YOU ARE A RUNNING BACK.

    Charles is a coward.

  24. TheNaturalMevs says: Oct 20, 2013 9:00 PM

    Take your steroids and get well soon!

  25. slick50ks says: Oct 20, 2013 9:02 PM

    Charles is the best blocking back in the league.

    Bowe is the best blocking WR out there too.

    If we had a good QB we’d never lose again.

  26. serkeljerks says: Oct 20, 2013 9:08 PM

    rgb2425 says:
    Oct 20, 2013 8:38 PM
    Why osnt jamaal charles’ cheap hit being mentioned? He ran square at cushing and dropped his head right at his knee. Cheap and cowardly.

    ————————————————-

    Simple. Because it was a legal hit. It wasn’t cheap. It wasn’t cowardly. It’s business as usual as a blocking back.

  27. freshchorizo says: Oct 20, 2013 9:09 PM

    PED’s = injury prone and brittle bones.

  28. rabbi187 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:10 PM

    All my fellow Texans fan complaining cheap shot need to shut their pie holes. It was a perfectly legal hit. It’s football, not soccer.

  29. seatownballers says: Oct 20, 2013 9:13 PM

    Devastating

  30. raiderapologist says: Oct 20, 2013 9:14 PM

    slick50ks says: Oct 20, 2013 9:02 PM

    Charles is the best blocking back in the league.
    ————-
    He isn’t even close. Jacquizz Rodgers is a better blocking back than Charles. Check yourself.

  31. granadafan says: Oct 20, 2013 9:19 PM

    Hope he doesn’t get busted for HCG again for “working out too hard, or sympathy for his pregnancy, or his non-existent tumor.

  32. alchemistcirca1979 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:20 PM

    As a Steeler fan I’d like to tell the idiot who keeps mentioning the Steelers win to please show some class and have respect.

  33. dualprime says: Oct 20, 2013 9:33 PM

    Charles get fined this week. You read it here first.

  34. jbaxt says: Oct 20, 2013 9:35 PM

    A half step sooner or later and it’s your typical blocked LB with no injury. He was hit when his weight was all on his leg. Crappy timing but no cheap shot, it’s football.

    And Watt wasn’t hurt, he was tired and they wasted their timeouts. He took, what, 1 play off then was back in there. Some basic football knowledge would serve some of you whining Texans fans well.

  35. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:47 PM

    Officially injury prone.

  36. beastmode5150 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:49 PM

    He should layoff the roids, he wouldn’t be as brittle.

  37. notwithkubiak says: Oct 20, 2013 9:53 PM

    Why do Texans fans act as if they actually had a chance with Gary Kubiak in charge of that team.. they will go NO WHERE as long as he’s the coach. NFL fans will get to look forward to hearing Texans fans saying “Wait till next year, We’ll go the Super Bowl next year….”

  38. 2ndaryinsanity says: Oct 20, 2013 9:58 PM

    Please stop whining, fellow Texans fans. That block was perfectly legal. And it wasn’t a cheap shot. Watch ANY running back block on passing downs and you will see them do the same thing. You are embarrassing yourselves. It was an unfortunate and unlucky injury. Period.

  39. wfh88 says: Oct 20, 2013 10:17 PM

    rgb2425 says
    “YOU DON’T GO OFF TACKLE, UP THE 6 HOLE, AND TARGET SOMEONE’S KNEE. YOU BLOCK LIKE THAT WHEN YOU ARE PASS-SETTING IF YOU ARE A RUNNING BACK.

    Charles is a coward.”

    rgb2425 – you need to brush up on your football.

  40. wjr37375 says: Oct 20, 2013 10:38 PM

    What a barbaric sport football is – almost as barbaric as someone cheering another players’ injury. Glad that Cushing (a player that was caught violating the NFL performance enhancing substance policy) was able to chime in on NFL fans before his season ended. Well atleast the Texans gave him that huge deal, oh wait, its not all guaranteed. How barbaric. Barbaric, barbaric, barbaric.

  41. bluenose1965 says: Oct 20, 2013 11:17 PM

    The steroid jokes got old ages ago. And coming from Seattle fans……… really?

    There’s not at team in the league that isn’t loaded with PED users. Only ostriches believe otherwise.

    The Charles hit was perfectly legal, just like the DJ Swearinger hit on Keller that he was ripped for on here.

    Get better Cush.

  42. cursedvikings1998 says: Oct 21, 2013 1:03 AM

    It’s the Steelers’ fault.

  43. tmfchiefs says: Oct 21, 2013 1:06 AM

    OMG…cheap shot…seriously? Have those of you complaining about the block ever even played FB/TB? You always cut the edge defender to get his hands down and create throwing lanes. He came straight up on him…wasn’t from the side or back…quit your crying.

  44. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 21, 2013 1:39 AM

    Damn. two years in a row. Has to be rough on the mind.

  45. joetoronto says: Oct 21, 2013 3:48 AM

    rgb2425 says:
    Oct 20, 2013 8:59 PM

    YOU DON’T GO OFF TACKLE, UP THE 6 HOLE, AND TARGET SOMEONE’S KNEE. YOU BLOCK LIKE THAT WHEN YOU ARE PASS-SETTING IF YOU ARE A RUNNING BACK.

    Charles is a coward.
    ***************************************************
    He actually has no idea how to block, not even a clue.

  46. chiroubles says: Oct 21, 2013 5:56 AM

    >>rgb2425 says:
    Oct 20, 2013 8:38 PM
    Why osnt jamaal charles’ cheap hit being mentioned? He ran square at cushing and dropped his head right at his knee. Cheap and cowardly.<>Charles is a coward.”<<

    No, sir- you are a coward….

  47. chiroubles says: Oct 21, 2013 5:58 AM

    >>rgb2425 says:
    Oct 20, 2013 8:38 PM
    Why osnt jamaal charles’ cheap hit being mentioned? He ran square at cushing and dropped his head right at his knee. Cheap and cowardly.<<
    And, as long as we're mentioning cheap and cowardly shots, how about the Houston player who launched himself at a sliding QB, throwing an elbow at the guy's head along the way?

  48. shavodog1 says: Oct 21, 2013 10:35 AM

    I think we should put rgb2425 in a room alone w Charles & see who the coward is then…

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