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Texans lose Cushing

UNDATED (AP) - Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is out for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee suffered in Monday's win over the Jets. Coach Gary Kubiak says Cushing has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will need surgery in two to three weeks after the swelling goes down.  Cushing's injury leaves the unbeaten Texans without their top tackler and one of their emotional leaders.  Kubiak says that Tim Dobbins is the top option to replace Cushing.


     In other NFL doings:

     - Missing five of 12 field goal attempts this season has cost Billy Cundiff his job as Washington Redskins kicker.  He's been replaced by free agent Kai Forbath, the 2009 Lou Groza winner who has yet to play in the NFL.

     - Coach Rex Ryan says there is "no question" that Mark Sanchez is the New York Jets' starting quarterback despite struggling at times during Monday's 23-17 loss to undefeated Houston. Sanchez has completed less than 50 percent of his passes in four straight games and many fans and media have suggested that backup Tim Tebow should take over as the starter.

     - The Cardinals have put running back Ryan Williams on season-ending injured reserve with a left shoulder injury.  It's another blow to an already struggling ground game. Arizona is already without Beanie Wells until at least Thanksgiving weekend because of a severe turf toe injury. The Cardinals rank 31st out of 32 NFL teams in yards rushing per game at 63.4.

     -- The unbeaten Houston Texans remained atop the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings. The Texans improved to 5-0 with a 23-17 win over the New York Jets on Monday night. They received 10 of the 12 first-place votes and 382 points Tuesday from the 12-person panel of media members who regularly cover the NFL. Atlanta, the NFL's only other unbeaten team, held on to second with 336 points. San Francisco received two first-place votes and 333 points to stay third.

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