Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon. Cushing will have surgery in 2-3 weeks after the swelling in his knee subsides.
Cushing, 25, led the Texans in tackles in two of his first three seasons. He had 114 tackles in 2011, earning second-team All-Pro honors. He had 133 tackles as a rookie in 2009, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl and the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
This is a huge blow to the 3rd ranked defense in the NFL. “You don’t replace players like (Cushing),” Kubiak said. “The rest of your football team has to pick it up and play better. We’re going to be calling on everybody else to do their job a little bit better.”