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Texans linebacker to miss rest of season

– Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is out for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Cushing was hurt in the second quarter of the Texans’ 23-17 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.

Coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday that Cushing has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will need surgery.

Tim Dobbins moved into Cushing’s spot in the lineup and finished with four tackles and a pass deflection.

The Texans (5-0) play Green Bay (2-3) in Houston on Sunday night.

Redskins replace Cundiff at kicker

Washington released struggling kicker Billy Cundiff and replaced him with free agent Kai Forbath.

Forbath emerged as the winner in a tryout at Redskins Park. He won the Lou Groza Award with UCLA in 2009 as the top kicker in college football, but he has yet to play in the NFL. Cundiff was signed late in preseason after he was waived by Baltimore. He has been the worst kicker in the league this year, making only seven of 12 field goal attempts. Two of his misses have been from inside 40 yards, including a 31-yard misfire in Sunday’s 24-17 loss to Atlanta.

Patriots’ runner Kevin Faulk retires

After two injury-plagued seasons, running back Kevin Faulk is retiring from New England.

The team’s career leader in all-purpose yards was drafted out of LSU in the second round in 1999. He spent his entire career with the Patriots, primarily as a third-down back and kick returner. He was part of all three New England championship teams but was not active for last season’s 21-17 Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants. His 12,349 all-purpose yards, 5,041 return yards and 4,098 kick return yards are team records. He rushed for 3,607 yards and 16 touchdowns and caught 431 passes for 3,701 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Ailing Lions great Karras with family

Former Detroit defensive star Alex Karras is at home, spending his final days with his family.

Craig Mitnick, Karras’ attorney in a lawsuit against the NFL, says Karras, 77, may be dying from kidney failure because his body has caught up to the dementia he suffers from. Mitnick says the family hasn’t yet decided whether his brain will be donated to research.

The former All-Pro defensive tackle and actor was surrounded by his wife and kids at his home in Los Angeles.

Karras joined “Monday Night Football” as a broadcaster and had a well-known appearance as Mongo in the 1974 movie “Blazing Saddles” and was a star of the 1980s sitcom “Webster.”

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