Brian Cushing down, on a dirty ‘block’ aimed right at his knees

Sep 22, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing (56) during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M

Greeting Texans Fans,

We’ll talk about the game itself later, let’s talk about some screwed up rules and low down dirty players first.

Several plays earlier, DJ Swearinger leaping over Alex Smith scampering into a slide and his elbow inadvertently touched Smith’s helmet. This was a penalty, it was an indisputable “no-no” according to the NFL.

Then Brian Cushing, rushing in on Smith, Jamaal Charles sees him, and instead of blocking him, makes a conscious decision to go low and speared Cushing’s knee.

This may have ended Cushing’s season, maybe even his career.

This is “legal” in the NFL.

Charles should be as heavily penalized as much as possible by the rule book.  In fact, if Cushing’s out for the year, so should he.

Eye for an eye as it were.

That was low down dirty what he did. Houston just pulled to within one, with a field goal, I’m back to the game, but boy did that make me angry. The NFL doesn’t care about players, just the ones that make them money.

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Topics: Cushing, Jammal Charles, NFL, Texans

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  • Chris

    It was dirty no doubt. No love for defensive players yet Alex smith runs down the field in a skirt gets a non existent call for elbow to the head for personal foul? Just sad for the NFL.

    • DTVTechGuy

      Its legal. End of story. STFU.

  • mrvicchio

    Exactly, and that rib slam by Charles later into Watt when he was jumping… /smh

    • Devin Lynn Albertson

      That is what you do to get a defensive lineman’s hands down from knocking down a pass. Both of Charles’ “dirty” plays were smart football plays.

  • Texan fan

    I am a ut fan and was a big fan of Charles but after the bs he pulled today I lost ev thing I had for him he is a pos! Weak player/ man

  • slamman

    And the Texans are not dirty. Quit your crying!

  • Eric Pyett

    To the author. Did you write a post when your boy Swearinger blew out Keller’s knee? If so, please point me to it.

    • mrvicchio

      That was a tackle, different situation sir.

      • Eric Pyett

        This was a block.

  • Devin Lynn Albertson

    Are you people kidding me? Runningbacks make that block all the time, it is not a dirty play, its a smart play. If you noticed earlier in the game Charles attempted to blocking Cushing straight up, he got blown back into Alex Smith messing up the pass. So, Charles made the adjustment and chop blocked him (which is perfectly legal). The only reason Cushing got hurt on this play was because his left foot got caught in the turf. The play was a freak accident. Stop calling Charles a dirty player.

    • mrvicchio

      Going low yes, going low and spearing the knee, no. That was dirty.

      • Devin Lynn Albertson

        He didn’t spear his knee, it was a chop block, it is done all the time in the NFL. Not a dirty play.

    • Devin Lynn Albertson

      That being said, I do think that the personal foul against Swearinger was very ticky tacky.

      • Chris

        I guess my point is the QB’s are over protected and defensive players are under protected. The rash of knee injuries climbs as players are afraid to hit high. I hate seeing star players taken out with shots to the knee.

        • Devin Lynn Albertson

          I think defenses are at a disadvantage today in the NFL. I don’t like seeing any player, let alone star players, getting injured in any way.

          • Chris

            I agree

  • Chris

    When swearinger hit Keller in the thigh his cleat stuck in the turf. It wasn’t intentional so your point is moot.

    • Devin Lynn Albertson

      If you watched the play, Cushings left foot got stuck in the turf. Charles wasn’t out to intentionally hurt Cushing.

      • Chris

        Watch the video, it was from the side or behind not a block from the front.

    • Eric Pyett

      Charles wasn’t intentional either, so your point is moot.

      • Chris

        Maybe you should read the article. It’s not just texans fans that thought it was a bad play.

        • Devin Lynn Albertson

          Cushing himself said it wasn’t dirty!

        • Eric Pyett

          Your blinders are on, if you think this was a “bad” play and Swearinger’s hit on Keller wasn’t. Either both were bad or neither. Both plays aimed at the knee. Both within today’s rules.

          • Chris

            No swearinger hit keller’s thigh not knee. I’m pretty sure if this would have happened to one of your teams pass rushers you’d be more objective about it. So we will just agree to disagree. Check the film.

          • Chris

            Nice shades

          • Eric Pyett

            I know. No need to state the obvious… You be sure to take those Texan blinders off.

  • Chris

    I just watched the video of cushing’s injury and the guy hit him from the side, borderline behind and was completely not legal. He went for the knee and wasn’t in front of Cushing at all.

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