Cushing Sidelined By Injury

The Texans went into battle without one of their top players, Brian Cushing. He is out for the season after tearing his ACL in the game against the New York Jets last Monday.

"A big blow to our team," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "You feel bad for Brian because he worked so hard and was playing so well, leading tackler on our team. He's going to be missed."

"It's all part of the game," Cushing said. "The next step is just to get healthy, get back on the field as fast as I can."

A first-round draft pick in 2009, Cushing has no timetable for the necessary surgery or a return to football activities. He plans to attend as many team meetings and practices as possible while he recovers.

"I want be around, I want to be here for the guys, and help them the best I can, whether it's in spirit, or coaching tips or whatever," said Cushing, one of the team's emotional leaders. "I've got a new role now, and I've accepted it."

He vowed to return in a confident proclamation on Twitter on Wednesday -- and added a bold guarantee.

"Trust me when I say I'll be back better than ever," Cushing wrote. "I appreciate all the love and want u to know WE are STILL winning THIS year's Super Bowl."

Cushing acknowledged on Friday that the tweet drew "a lot of mixed reactions," but he was only trying to send a positive message to his teammates.

Second year defensive end J.J. Watt has led Houston's dominant defense so far.