Report: Brian Cushing out six weeks with torn MCL

By Jesse Reed
Aug 28, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing (56) during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing just cannot catch a break when it comes to his knees.

After leaving early Sunday with a knee injury against the Chicago Bears, it has been determined that he has a torn MCL, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. Thankfully, no surgery is required.

The former USC star linebacker has struggled to stay healthy since being selected by Houston in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Since then, Cushing has managed to play through a 16-game season just three times.

When healthy, Cushing is a solid three-down linebacker who excels against the pass.

If the six-game timetable holds true, then Cushing will be available to return to action for the Texans when they travel to Denver to face the reigning NFL champion Broncos in Week 7.