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Texans’ Cushing Will Miss NFL Season With Torn Knee Ligament

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is out for the remainder of the National Football League season after tearing a ligament in his knee.

Cushing, 25, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee two nights ago in the Texans’ 23-17 win against the New York Jets, Houston coach Gary Kubiak said at a news conference.

“We lost him for the year and he’s going to have surgery in two or three weeks when the swelling goes down,” Kubiak said yesterday. “It’s a big blow for our team.”

Cushing, who leads the Texans with 29 tackles this season, was injured with about 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter when he was cut-blocked by Jets guard Matt Slauson. Cut blocks, in which a blocker dives at the legs of a defender, are legal unless the blocker is headed back toward his own goal line, Kubiak said. He declined to comment on whether Slauson’s block was illegal, saying it was “in the league’s hands.”

“When I went on the field after he got hit he knew he was in pretty good pain,” said Kubiak, who had yet to speak to Cushing after the diagnosis. “Players tend to know when something’s not right.”

The Texans, who with the Atlanta Falcons are the only 5-0 teams in the NFL, next host the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 14.

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