Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
The injury came during the second quarter of the Texans' 23-17 victory over the New York Jets on Monday. Jets guard Matt Slauson rolled on Cushing's leg during a cut block. According to the Chronicle, an MRI taken Tuesday morning confirmed the damage.
"It's what we thought. He tore his ACL and we lost him for the year," said Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. "He's going to have surgery, probably in about two or three weeks, when the swelling goes down. It's a big blow to our team. You feel bad for Brian because he works so hard. He's going to be missed. We have to have guys pick it up around him and we've got to find a way to move forward. We're all just disappointed for him."
The 24-year-old, fourth-year pro helped his club go 5-0 thanks to 29 tackles and one interception.
Kubiak stated that Tim Dobbins was the first option to slide into Cushing's role, while Mister Alexander and Jesse Nading are also being considered.
Houston puts its undefeated record on the line by hosting the Green Bay Packers this Sunday night.