In 2011, the Houston Texans nearly made the AFC Championship Game after overcoming significant injuries to QB Matt Schaub and WR Andre Johnson (who played in the Divisional Game, but was still showing effects of his injury).
In 2012, it looks like they’ll have to try to win their second straight AFC South title without MLB Brian Cushing, who probably tore his ACL in the 23-17 win over the Jets on the road on Monday Night Football.
Cushing injured his knee when Jets G/C Matt Slauson cut him from behind, a play that should get a fine from the NFL office.
Cushing was in crutches as he shook hands with his teammates as they came off the field. His replacement was Tim Dobbins.
Head coach Gary Kubiak:
“Crisis No. 1. I don’t know who told me one time, but he said there are always two or three crises in a season. If this is our first one, then we’ve got to be ready for it. But one thing we learned last year was that we’re a team and we’re going to win and lose as a team.
[The players] are focused on that. We already talked about it. And they understand. I know this team has tremendous character, and there are times you have to reach a little deeper than normal. If we have to do that, I think we’ll find a way.”
They were without RB Ben Tate (foot) last night as well.
The Texans are 5-0, and have another prime time game this Sunday, this one at Reliant Stadium, against a 2-3 Packers team in dire need of a win. They will host the 4-1 Ravens – who were victorious against them twice last season – on October 21st right before their bye week.
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