HOUSTON – When Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing tore his ACL last season, the team’s defense fell apart. It looks like the Texans will have to deal with a similar obstacle this year.
NFL Media’s Albert Breer has been told by Texans linebacker Brian Cushing that he believes he tore his LCL and broke his leg. Cushing believes he needs surgery and is thought to be done for the season.
Cushing was ruled out right away after Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles’ helmet connected directly with Cushing’s left knee after Cushing came on a blitz. Cushing had to be helped off the field without putting any pressure on his leg, and he was very emotional.
With Cushing out, Daryl Sharpton likely is to enter the starting lineup next to Jay Mays. Houston’s defense played well again Sunday, but the Texans fell to 2-5 on the season after falling 17-16 in Kansas City.
Last season, the Texans had a solid offense to help mitigate Cushing’s loss. That is no longer the case.