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Brian Cushing injury: Texans LB tears ACL, ending season

Tough break for the Texans linebacker.

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ACL surgery a success for Texans' Cushing

The Texans' linebacker tore his ACL after a hit from Jets guard Matt Slauson in Week 5.


Jets' Matt Slauson fined $10K for hit on Cushing

Jets offensive lineman Matt Slauson has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for a hit on Texans linebacker Brian Cushing in the Monday night matchup between the two teams, according to Jay Glazer . The hit ended Cushing's season, as he suffered a torn left ACL on the play.

Slauson was not penalized on the play, in which he cut-block Cushing. The linebacker couldn't see Slauson coming as he went low, cutting down Cushing at the knees. Cushing was several yards away from the ball-carrier when the block was made.

The league has been moving towards guarding against players being taken out low when in a defenseless position, especially in the case of quarterbacks. Cut blocks are penalized on the field when a player is engaged with another blocker, but that was not the case on the play involving Slauson and Cushing.

Rex Ryan, Slauson's head coach, stuck by his lineman's block and believed the hit to be clean. The NFL obviously disagreed.


Rex Ryan is sticking by his player

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is sticking by Matt Slauson after a block in Monday night's game ended Brian Cushing's season


Brian Cushing reportedly tears ACL, out for season

The Texans will be without star linebacker Brian Cushing for the rest of the season, as he reportedly tore his ACL in the first half of their 23-17 victory over the Jets on Monday:

Cushing has been an outstanding player for Houston since they drafted him with the No. 15 overall pick in 2009.

Though he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and was banned by the league for four games at the start of the next season, he was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year and is coming off of an All-Pro season in 2011. In five games in 2012, he had 29 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.

At 6'3 255, he's a playmaker all over the line of scrimmage and one of the main cogs in a Texans defense ranked fourth in opposing passing yards and ninth in opposing rushing yards.

Houston will likely turn to seventh-year linebacker Tim Dobbins and hope that Wade Phillips can game-plan around Cushing's absence as well as he did when Mario Williams went down last year.


Texans fear torn ACL for Brian Cushing

An MRI later on Tuesday will reveal the extent of the knee injury suffered by the Texans linebacker.


Texans concerned Cushing's injury is serious

Brian Cushing headed to the locker room in the second quarter of the Houston's game against the New York Jets. He went down with a leg injury after a low block by Matt Slauson.

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