Cushing goes down, but Texans take lead into halftime

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The Houston Texans are winning in New York tonight, but they may have suffered a significant loss on their defense.

Linebacker Brian Cushing went down when Jets offensive lineman Matt Slauson hit him in the back of the knee, and Cushing appeared to be in a lot of pain. He did eventually get up and limp to the locker room without assistance, but he appeared to be hurting.

The Texans’ defense played well both before and after Cushing went down. The biggest defensive play came late in the second half, when Texans defensive end J.J. Watt tipped a Mark Sanchez pass, allowing Brice McCain to pick it off and run it back 86 yards, taking what looked like a good chance for the Jets to score and instead setting up a Texans field goal just before halftime to make the score 17-7.

Texans running back Arian Foster reached 100 rushing yards midway through the second quarter, and the Texans’ offense is rolling. The Jets are going to need to make some big plays in the second half — something that may be easier if Cushing can’t return.