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Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has an urgent appeal to the NFL's competition committee as it mulls potential rules changes this week in Naples, Fla.:
Story HighlightsHouston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing season was ended last October on a chop block by Jets guard Matt SlausonSlauson was fined $10,000, and the debate Vans Hi Sk8 Green started on whether these blocks should be legal anywhere on the fieldDefensive players have complained about a double standard in league that protects offensive players
Cushing said he would be proud to be the face of "The Cushing Rule'' when the committee recommends new rules and revisions. Owners will vote on those March 17 20, when they meet in Phoenix.
Five months later, Cushing says he is still a week and a half away from returning to the field and running in a brace.
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Cushing said he never heard from Slauson, and he's fine without an apology.
of equal protection for defenseless defensive players.
In a move to protect more players, the competition committee is considering a ban of these dangerous blocks, which remain legal inside the tackle box.
"You're looking at six to nine months of recovery for my knee. No one should have to go through that, especially if it can be prevented and it can be done the right way. I would rather he had hit me up high and cleaned my clock.''
Cushing is on one side, Kubiak is on the other. And if Texans general manager Rick Smith is the organizational swing vote, know this: He sounds like he's backing Cushing and Smith is a member of the competition committee.
But surprisingly not everyone in the Texans organization sides with Cushing on the possible rule change not the offensive linemen, and not head coach Gary Kubiak.
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Slauson was fined $10,000 for his illegal block on Cushing, who was, in effect, a defenseless defender, cut down by Slauson's peel back block.
"As far as cut blocks being eliminated, every defensive player would probably be for that and would approve it."
"If my injury further prevents other injuries, then that's success, and there can be some good to come out of my injury,'' Cushing said. "Hopefully, my injury Vans Golden Coast Checkerboard
"I didn't even see that block,'' Cushing said. "If I did, I probably could have prevented it. But when I'm not looking and it's almost behind me and a guy 330 pounds goes at my knees
In the second quarter of a Monday night game against the New York Jets, guard Matt Slauson ran past Cushing, then doubled back and cut him down with a blindside hit while Cushing was pursuing running back Bilal Powell.
"It's just asking for an injury when you get guys this big, this fast going full speed at legs," Cushing told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. "What do you think is going to happen?''
does change the rule and in the future will prevent tons and tons of knee injuries.
"Me? I think you know that answer,'' Kubiak said at the NFL scouting combine last month. "It's part of what we do. I think it's part of football. We teach it the right way. Hopefully, that part stays with us.''
Trainers work on Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing (56) during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets Monday, Oct. Cushing tore his left ACL. He is now urging the NFL to eliminate chop blocks like the one that ended his season.(Photo: Kathy Willens, AP)
"I'm not looking for that,'' Cushing said. "I have to do my rehab whether he apologized or not. It's not going to change the effect on my knee.''
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