Rapid Reaction: Foster, Cushing injured; Texans lose, 17-16 to Chiefs


Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak (left) talks to quarterback Case Keenum (7) against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t a good day for the Houston Texans health wise with injuries to both starting running back Arian Foster and starting linebacker Brian Cushing in the first and third  quarters.

NFL.com is reporting the knee injury to Cushing was the same knee that he tore the ACL in last season and Foster injured his hamstring in the first quarter and did return.

Oh, by the way the Texans lost the game by a 17-16 score, their fifth consecutive loss of the season, dropping them to 2-5 overall with a bye week staring them in the face.

In his NFL debut as a starter, Houston quarterback Case Keenum totaled 271 yards passing and one touchdown. The quarterback had two fumbles against the Chiefs, losing one on the Texans’ final drive.

Andre Johnson was the Texans’ leading receiver with four receptions for 89 yards and the Texans’ leading rusher was Ben Tate with 15 carries for 50 yards.

DeAndre Hopkins had the lone Houston touchdown as he totaled three receptions for 76 yards.

Now for some very quick thoughts about this game. I know the Texans lost by just one point on the road in a very tough environment … but there are no moral victories in my book, especially in the NFL.

Not only was this loss their fifth straight, but the loss saw two injuries to very key players who not only could have helped, but would have helped in what turned into a loss.

This season has now seen many starters be injured this season, including not just Foster and Cushing, but Matt Schaub, Owen Daniels and numerous offensive linemen have missed games throughout the season.

If this was bad before today, how bad is it now?

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