Linebacker Brian Cushing suffered an MCL sprain in his knee during Houston’s season-opening victory over the Bears and a source told PFT on Sunday night that he’s considered “week-to-week” in terms of a timetable for his return to action.
This week will be a no go. Coach Bill O’Brien announced on Monday that Cushing will not play against the Chiefs as both teams try to improve to 2-0 on the young season. He didn’t specify when he expects to have him back, but it doesn’t sound like anyone thinks he’ll be gone long.
“Brian will be back, I would say, sooner rather than later,” O’Brien said. via the team’s website. “He’s a guy that’s obviously played a long time. He knows exactly what’s wrong and he’ll work very hard to get back as quickly as he can.”
Max Bullough stepped into the lineup when Cushing went down and finished the game with five tackles.
O’Brien also said that left tackle Duane Brown will miss a second straight game. Brown had quad surgery in January and spent the entire preseason on physically unable to perform list. Chris Clark started in his place against Chicago.