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Brian Cushing, Jamaal Charles show mutual respect

Brian Cushing, Jamaal Charles AP

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing suffered a season-ending injury when Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles blocked him in the knee on Sunday, but Cushing says there are no hard feelings.

Charles directed a tweet to Cushing after the game, offering him a speedy recovery from the torn LCL and broken leg that required Cushing to be taken from the field on a cart. Cushing then replied to that tweet with a tweet of his own, assuring Charles that he knows there was no ill intent on the block and that Charles was just picking up a blitz the way he was supposed to.

Last year, when Cushing suffered a season-ending injury on a low block from behind, it led to a debate around the NFL about what is and is not an acceptable way to block an opponent low. But this year, Cushing doesn’t seem like he has any problem with what Charles did, even if it means another season cut short.

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36 Responses to “Brian Cushing, Jamaal Charles show mutual respect”
  1. thetroofishere says: Oct 21, 2013 11:49 AM

    Chop blocks should be banned. As should tackles involving the defender’s shoulder pad hitting the knees or below of a ball carrier.

    Arm tackles at or below the knee should still be allowed.

    There have been a lot of rules in place to protect the knees of quarterbacks and defenseless receivers. But how about one that protects defenders?

  2. negativten says: Oct 21, 2013 11:50 AM

    #class

  3. texansfan13 says: Oct 21, 2013 11:51 AM

    Jamaal Charles made two questionable “blocks” yesterday. He targeted Cushing’s knee and then later took a cheap shot on Watt’s ribs.

  4. wfh88 says: Oct 21, 2013 11:55 AM

    So the folks from yesterday talking about Charles hit being dirty didn’t know what they were talking about?? Shocking.
    Speedy recovery Cushing.

  5. jbaxt says: Oct 21, 2013 11:55 AM

    Thank you Brian, much class after a season ending injury. Anyone saying Charles shot was cheap us either a soccer fan or just plain stupid. And if you mention the shot on Watt, it’s called a chip. When you’re as big and dominant as Watt, it takes 2 regular NfL’ers to block that cat.

    Keep it up KC, what a great story.

  6. raylewisandhisteeth says: Oct 21, 2013 11:58 AM

    This is awesome to see, actually. Respect. Injuries are awful and JC showed tact. Cushing as well.

  7. jbaxt says: Oct 21, 2013 11:59 AM

    250 pounds vs 200, it’s science, you hit Cushing high, you lose. Every LB in the league knows they can get cut going after the QB, great block by Charles. Horrible outcome but completely legal.

    And I thought Texan fans cheered injuries? Or is that just selective?

  8. sullijo1 says: Oct 21, 2013 12:02 PM

    Jamaal Charles = Cheap shot artist. What a clown.

  9. dragonflypack says: Oct 21, 2013 12:02 PM

    Lucky , last month, he just signed a 6 year , $55 Mil. contract. $21 mil. guaranteed. He’s done. Good luck Brian. Get well. Hopefully we’ll see in 2015.

  10. granadafan says: Oct 21, 2013 12:03 PM

    Darned unfortunate injury. Any person with even an ounce of humanity, even opposing fans, should have some sympathy for the injured players playing the game for our entertainment.

  11. bostonian13 says: Oct 21, 2013 12:09 PM

    More rules need to be implicated to help protect defenders, as there is for offensive players. It’s getting ridiculous. Screw all that steroid cramp Cushing is one of the best overall defensive players in the league, wish him well.

  12. kd75 says: Oct 21, 2013 12:11 PM

    Rules are rules. It was a legal block.

    LT would have jumped over JCharles untouched.

    MJD would have taken Cushing head on and knocked him back on his keister.

    Six of one…Half dozen of the other.

  13. quiksilverkid13 says: Oct 21, 2013 12:12 PM

    texansfan13

    you’re clearly wrong considering the player with the season ending injury didn’t have an issue with it

  14. jimyritz says: Oct 21, 2013 12:16 PM

    Keep Chop blocks but pushing a lineman on a field goal is a 15 yarder…

    NFL Rules Committee should be fired…

  15. dt58 says: Oct 21, 2013 12:16 PM

    The “cheap shot” on Watts ribs was not only perfectly legal, it’s what they’re taught to do. Is the offense supposed to let the D put their arms up to block passes? It would have been illegal if Charles went low while Watt was engaged with another blocker. Learn the rules dude

  16. thestillcity says: Oct 21, 2013 12:19 PM

    The injury is unfortunate, but it’s all Cushing’s fault. Charles telegraphed that block from a mile away and Cushing was inexplicably fixated on the QB — he never even considered that he’d be blocked, and he put himself at risk.

    Blitzing linebackers have to be aware and get their feet out of the ground, and Cushing simply failed to do so.

  17. mc1439 says: Oct 21, 2013 12:20 PM

    I can’t believe this year is over for the Texans already. But it’s easier to be a fan rather than a player when you team is done this early.

  18. vidae1 says: Oct 21, 2013 12:22 PM

    Texans fans are so butthurt today.

  19. marylandchief says: Oct 21, 2013 12:23 PM

    There is no way to legislate this particular block out of the game unless you want to :

    1. get quarterbacks killed

    2. get running backs killed

    3. remove fast running backs from the NFL and lose a great deal of excitement

    if you mandate that a 185-220 lb running back has to block abouve the waste against a 250+ lb linebacker or a 330lb DE, good luck with that.

    You can’t have knee jerk reactions to this type of injury becasue the unintended consequences can materially change the game we all love.

  20. blackngold4life says: Oct 21, 2013 12:27 PM

    EXACTLY

  21. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 21, 2013 12:30 PM

    It is called a cut block. Chop block is when a player is engaged with another blocker and is usually taken down from the side or behind. Which is illegal already.

    That cut block by Charles was made head on and completely legit…It is the kind of blocker a smaller HB/TEs uses all the time in NFL and its just a freak accident.

    I do feel bad for Cushing who recovered last year and was playing excellent football.

  22. kcflake says: Oct 21, 2013 12:33 PM

    Jamall Charles is a Hell of a Football Player. A True Warrior of the Game. he is not a Cheap Shot artist. Maybe Texans fans would think that since you guys are 2-5. How about your cornerback #25, who delivered a Helmet to Helmet hit on Dexter McCluster??? Looked cheap to me. Of Course, you will disagree.

    Go Chiefs & Jamall Charles!!!

  23. mickel88 says: Oct 21, 2013 12:35 PM

    Those types of plays should be done away with diving for the knees to pick a blitzing player. He could have chipped him on the inside shoulder and knock him off track. Suspect play and uncalled for.

  24. craigkintexas says: Oct 21, 2013 12:40 PM

    Two class acts!

  25. blacknole08 says: Oct 21, 2013 12:42 PM

    Now THIS is good for the game. Props to both for being professional and especially Cushing for not holding a grudge.

  26. wingz101 says: Oct 21, 2013 12:48 PM

    I hope they fine Suh for this cheapshot by Charles. I mean enough is enough!

  27. inthearex says: Oct 21, 2013 12:49 PM

    Charles for his size has turned into one of the best blocking rbs in the game. Tough blow for Cush but it was definitely textbook.

  28. brianc34 says: Oct 21, 2013 12:54 PM

    250 pounds vs 200, it’s science, you hit Cushing high, you lose. Every LB in the league knows they can get cut going after the QB, great block by Charles. Horrible outcome but completely legal.

    And I thought Texan fans cheered injuries? Or is that just selective?

    Please don’t lump us in all together. I’m a texans fan and Cush is my favorite player. As much as I like him and hate to see him go down, that was a completely legal block.

  29. jrebar88 says: Oct 21, 2013 1:05 PM

    Chiefs fans saying it was a cheap shot, yet they complained about Stevie Johnson.

  30. mrdry14 says: Oct 21, 2013 1:17 PM

    The HGH makes you prone to injuries. Live by the sword, die by the sword, Cush.

  31. bigdan7885 says: Oct 21, 2013 1:21 PM

    What’s next? Are they gonna make out? Give me a break.

  32. dualprime says: Oct 21, 2013 1:28 PM

    All kidding aside Jamaal saved Alex Smith’s life with that block. Cush had a bead on the QB.

  33. deshackle says: Oct 21, 2013 1:56 PM

    To launch yourself into an opponents knees is cheap, cowardly, and bush league.

  34. hellno187 says: Oct 21, 2013 2:04 PM

    Doesn’t surprise me, Jamaal Charles is a class act on and off the field.

  35. brianc34 says: Oct 21, 2013 4:00 PM

    vidae1 says:
    Oct 21, 2013 12:22 PM
    Texans fans are so butthurt today.

    And how would you know what butthurt feels like? Only way way you’d know what that was like.

  36. sportsfreak61787 says: Oct 21, 2013 11:29 PM

    haha so when stevie did it to berry it was horrible and dirty an he deserved his knees blown out but when a chiefs player does it he’s classy cause he sends out a tweet. lmao

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