For the second consecutive season, the Texans will be without linebacker Brian Cushing for a significant portion of time, after Cushing suffered a broken leg and a torn lateral collateral ligament in Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Cushing was injured after Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles threw a cut block, striking Cushing’s knee with his helmet. He will miss the remainder of the season.
Cushing missed the majority of the 2012 season with a torn ACL that he suffered in Week 5, on a similar play, when he was blocked below the knee by New York Jets offensive lineman Matt Slauson.
Through Week 7, Cushing had compiled 48 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks, and an interception that he returned for a touchdown. Cushing won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2010, but has faced injury problems and a suspension for performance-enhancing substances since that time.
The Texans lost Sunday 17-16 with rookie quarterback Case Keenum under center, starting for the injured Matt Schaub.