Texans LB Brian Cushing wants chop blocks removed

Thursday March 7th, 2013

Brian Cushing, Houston Texans Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing wants to see chop blocks eliminated. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The NFL Competition Committee is set to meet this week to discuss possible rules changes for the upcoming season.

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing wants to see one legal rule eliminated because it ended his season.

Cushing says that the chop block delivered to him last October by New York Jets guard Matt Slauson should be gone from the game. The block left Cushing with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and put him out for the season.

Slauson was not flagged on the play, but was fined $10,000 by the NFL for the peel-back block.

"It's just asking for an injury when you get guys this big, this fast going full speed at legs," Cushing told USA TODAY . What do you think is going to happen?' If my injury further prevents other injuries, then that's success, and there can be some good to come out of my injury. Hopefully, my injury does change the rule and in the future will prevent tons and tons of knee injuries."
Cushing hopes to be back to 100 percent by the time the season starts, but says he is still a week and a half away from returning to the field and running in a brace.

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