I did not see this until this morning as I was still at work but this was a pretty crappy cheap shot on Cushing.
Through the first quarter and a half of the Houston Texans' 23-17 Monday night win over the New York Jets, Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was everywhere on the field. He had three tackles and two assists, and as usual, he was tough to stop.
There are times when opposing offenses use questionable tactics to stop such dominant defenders, and that appeared to be the case when the Jets called a handoff to running back Bilal Powell with 10:36 left in the second quarter. Cushing was looking to make a play, but guard Matt Slauson appeared to roll up on Cushing, and the linebacker left the field and went to the locker room with a knee injury.
It was revealed after the game that Cushing may have a torn ACL, a report confirmed on Tuesday afternoon by Pro Football Talk. Cushing will miss the rest of the 2012 season.
I have met Brian Cushing. I saw him play here in NJ before he went to USC so I admit my bias, but as much as I want to see a physical game that was a crappy hit by Slausen.
Not surprising, Cushing's former USC teammate Clay Matthews took exception to the hit...
Hard to argue with Matthews opinion.
Player safety MUST go both ways. Once again Roger Goodell has some egg on his face if he doesn't address these types of hits. The league's stars are not just on the offense. The Texans defense is Cushing's defense. He has grabbed the mantle of leadership by the throat...I guess the only way to get him off the field is hit him with a cheap shot.
I love Mark Sanchez and hope he does well in New York, but fuck the Jets and their clown coach Rex Ryan.
Here is hoping for Cushing's quick recovery!