Report: Brian Cushing Suffered Torn ACL
By: Kim O'Hara | Posted: October 09, 2012
Per league source, MRI confirms Brian Cushing's torn ACL.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 9, 2012
This would confirm the Texans' worst fears, as Brian Cushing is an integral part of the NFL's third-ranked defense. Cushing was off to a hot start in 2012, posting 29 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception through four games (and a portion of a fifth).
Houston is no stranger to replacing vital portions of its defense; when defensive end Mario Williams sat out most of last season, the Texans hardly missed a beat. The biggest issue to arise from Cushing's injury may be how it occurred. Jets left guard Matt Slauson committed a low cut block on Cushing early in the second quarter, which looked questionable but failed to draw a flag. Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews Tweeted a response to the play, saying:
Where is the NFL's protection on blocks below the waist like that on Cushing. Double standard!— Clay Matthews III (@ClayMatthews52) October 9, 2012The NFL has taken great measures in protecting offensive players in recent years, most notably with the quarterback knee-protecting Brady Rule. But it's important to remember that quarterbacks aren't the only players with knees. Shouldn't both sides of the ball benefit from the NFL's emphasis on safety?
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