Cushing out for season
Linebacker Brian Cushing is out for the season with a torn left knee ligament, leaving the unbeaten Houston Texans without their top tackler and one of their emotional leaders.
Cushing was hurt in the second quarter of the Texans' win over the New York Jets on a low block by guard Matt Slauson. Cushing walked off the field on his own, but didn't return.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has handed down new discipline to four players in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation of the Saints.
There are no changes to the full-season suspension for New Orleans linebacker Jon Vilma or the four-game suspension for Saints defensive end Will Smith.
The suspension of free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove was reduced from eight to seven games, while Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita is now docked one game, down from three.
On to the Hall
The Pro Football Hall of Fame has received the football Drew Brees threw to eclipse Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas' record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Brees broke the record with a 40-yard pass to Devery Henderson during a 31-24 victory over San Diego on Sunday night, marking Brees' 48th straight game with a scoring pass, a streak that began on Oct. 18, 2009, in a victory over the New York Giants.
Moving the chains
Kevin Faulk, the New England Patriots' career leader in all-purpose yards, retired after two injury-plagued seasons. . . . The Washington Redskins released struggling kicker Billy Cundiff and replaced him with free agent Kai Forbath. . . . Former Detroit Lions great Alex Karras was recently released from a California hospital after having kidney failure so he could spend his final days with family in Los Angeles.
This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.