Reports: Texans LB Brian Cushing tears LCL, breaks leg


Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing (56) against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs defeated the Texans 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports is reporting that a league source had told them the “early indications are Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has a torn lateral collateral ligament (LCL) but that the ACL appears to be fine.”

Remember Cushing tore his ACOL last season.

Fox Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer has reported the following on Twitter:

This. Is. Bad.

Really bad.

It is bad not only for Cushing, but for the Texans’ defense as well. Cushing is a big part of the Texans’ defense. In the loss to the Chiefs, before his injury, Cushing totaled four tackles.

In what will be his final seas numbers, Cushing will finish with 44 combined tackles, one forced fumble and one interception.

Again, this is just a punch to the gut as the Texans enter the bye week. In what was supposed to be a season where the Texans took the next step, instead has leaped back many steps with the way the season has went so far.

With a 2-5 mark on the season, a five-game losing skid never has a bye week look so good, but the injuries have piled up and this is the worse one yet.

One can only hope for a speedy recovery for Cushing, but now the question becomes who will step up and replace the production of Cushing?

At least there is a bye week, but with this injury, the Texans have already lost on the bye week as well.