Texans head coach Gary Kubiak confirmed that inside linebacker Brian Cushing is lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
He suffered the injury in the second quarter of the Texans 23-17 victory over the Jets Monday night. An MRI Tuesday morning revealed the damage. He’ll have surgery in a couple of weeks, after the swelling has gone down.
“Big blow to our team,” Kubiak said. “You feel bad for Brian because he works so hard and was playing so well.”
It’s the second time in three seasons the Texans have lost their defensive captain. DeMeco Ryans suffered a torn Achilles tendon after a 4-2 start in 2010, after which the Texans lost eight of their next nine games to finish 6-10.
Kubiak said Tim Dobbins is “option No. 1” to step in for Cushing, who’s also the team’s leading tackler, in the starting lineup against Green Bay at Reliant Stadium Sunday night.
“You don’t replace players like Cush,” Kubiak said. “The whole team has to step up.”