Kubiak: Cushing out for season, 3 released for violating team rules

Kubiak: Cushing out for season, 3 released for violating team rules

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KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 20: Inside linebacker Brian Cushing #56 of the Houston Texans is helped off the field after being injured during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on October 20, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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by KRISTIE RIEKEN / The Associated Press

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Posted on October 21, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 21 at 5:50 PM

HOUSTON (AP) -- Texans Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Cushing is out for the season with a left knee injury that will require surgery.

Cushing was injured in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss at Kansas City during a low block by running back Jamaal Charles. It’s the second straight year Cushing has been lost for the year with a left knee injury. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the same knee in Week 5 last season.

The Texans signed Cushing to a six-year contract worth $55.6 million before this season.

Coach Gary Kubiak said injuries to left tackle Duane Brown (ankle), running back Arian Foster (hamstring) and Ben Tate (ribs) aren’t serious.

Kubiak also said rookies Cierre Wood, Sam Montgomery and Willie Jefferson were released for violating team rules.

“Well, I won’t discuss team rules and those types of things. I’ll make decisions based on a body of work in everything I do. I’ve got five months of work invested in those three young men and made a decision today to move forward," Kubiak said.

Kubiak added that they will use the vacated roster spots to try and fill needs at inside linebacker and special teams.

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