Brian Cushing suffered a torn left ACL during Monday night's game between the Houston Texans and the New York Jets, according to the Houston Chronicle. He suffered the injury early in the second quarter when guard Matt Slauson rolled over his leg. Cushing was unable to return to the game.
Fantasy Impact: There is no official word yet on how much time Cushing will miss, but there's a good chance it will be significant if not for the season. Veterans Tim Dobbins and Bradie James are expected to step up and fill the void at middle linebacker, but whether either can match Cushing's stellar play remains to be seen. Cushing was the Texans' team MVP last season. He wasn't an elite IDP option, but Cushing's absence certainly dings the Texans as a Team D/ST option.