It was a flagrant low strike in which Slauson came from behind and cut Cushing's knees out from under him. ESPN's Jon Gruden noted the shady tactics, and one of Cushing's old USC buddies, Green Bay Packers All-Pro linebacker Clay Matthews, reacted strongly on Twitter to what he observed:
If the NFL really wants to increase player safety, start protecting players on BOTH sides of the ball.- Clay Matthews III (@ClayMatthews52) October 8, 2012
Continued Matthews: "Where is the NFL's protection on blocks below the waist like that on Cushing. Double standard!"
Matthews isn't alone in arguing that the NFL's hyper-focus on protecting its quarterbacks and skill players doesn't fully extend to those who make their living on defense.
The Texans won't be pleased when they sit down to review Monday's night game tape.
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