Texans head coach Bill O’Brien confirmed Cushing’s injury Monday, and said the veteran linebacker would be out “for a bit.”
“I think he’ll be back sooner rather than later,” O’Brien said. “He’s a guy that’s obviously played a long time. He knows exactly what’s wrong, and he’ll work very hard to get back as quickly as he can.”
O’Brien also confirmed left tackle Duane Brown would be out for a second consecutive game. Brown, who underwent quadriceps surgery in January, came off of the Physically Unable to Perform list on Sept. 3.
As for defensive end J.J. Watt? He played Sunday despite missing all of training camp after undergoing back surgery in July.
Watt said he “knocked some rust off” against the Bears, something O’Brien isn’t concerned about going forward.
“(Watt) feels great,” O’Brien said. “It’s really a testament to him to be able to come back from that type of surgery in July and play in an NFL football game…He knows he needs to go out there and play better. I’m sure he’ll be the first one to tell you that. As the game went on, I thought he played better and better. He was getting more used to the speed of the game…So I think you’ll see the more he plays, he’ll be back to what you’re looking for.”
Kickoff against the Texans and the Chiefs is set for noon Sunday at NRG Stadium.