HOUSTON — Linebacker Brian Cushing is out for the season with a torn left knee ligament, leaving the unbeaten Texans without their top tackler and an emotional leader.
Cushing was hurt in the second quarter of the Texans' 23-17 win over the New York Jets on a low block by guard Matt Slauson. Cushing walked off the field on his own, but didn't return.
Coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday that Cushing has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and needs surgery in two to three weeks, after the swelling subsides. Cushing led Houston in tackles (38) before Monday night's game.
"A big blow for our team," Kubiak said. "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."
Bucs put Gaitor on IR
TAMPA — The Bucs put cornerback Anthony Gaitor on injured reserve-designated for return with a hamstring strain that has sidelined him for the first four games of the season. The Bucs also said linebacker Jacob Cutrera was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster to replace Gaitor. Also, cornerback LeQuan Lewis and defensive end Aaron Morgan were signed to the practice squad.
BREES MEMENTO: The Pro Football Hall of Fame received the football Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw to eclipse Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas' record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Brees broke the record in Sunday's win over San Diego.
BILLS: Offensive lineman Reggie Wells signed after offensive lineman Colin Brown (hamstring) was placed on IR.
JETS: Coach Rex Ryan backed starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, saying, "Yeah, no question," when asked if he's still committed to Sanchez after Monday's loss to Houston.
REDSKINS: Quarterback Robert Griffin III was cleared to practice today but not cleared for contact after taking baseline and other tests following a concussion, CSNWashington.com reported. He was knocked out of Sunday's game against Atlanta but should play next week. … Kicker Kai Forbath, who was with the Bucs in the preseason, signed after Washington released Billy Cundiff.