HOUSTON, TX – When Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing went down with a left leg injury in the second half of Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the organization was reportedly fearing the worst case scenario for their star defensive player.
Now, those fears have been confirmed, as Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported on Sunday night that Cushing told him via text message that he broke his leg and tore his lateral collateral ligament (LCL) after a low block by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. The injury will bring Cushing’s season to an early end for the second straight year.
While the injury is undoubtedly serious, it is not as devastating as it could have been from a long-term prospective for the fifth-year linebacker. Initial reports state that Cushing believes he avoided damaging his surgically-repaired ACL, the ligament he tore last year and spent the entire offseason rehabbing.
Cushing will reportedly undergo more tests and evaluations as the Texans head into their Week Eight bye. The former 2009 first-round pick will spend his second straight offseason trying to return from a serious leg injury, but indicated on Sunday night that he is up for the challenge.
"It's not how many times you fall down but how many times you get back up," Cushing tweeted. "Life is tough but I'm the toughest [censored] it's ever seen. I'll be back."