Knee-jerk reaction

The cut block just might be the dirtest play in football. So how is it still legal?

Originally Published: November 15, 2012
By David Fleming | ESPN The Magazine

THE MOST TELLING part of linebacker Brian Cushing's season-ending knee injury on Oct. 8 was the deafening silence afterward. Cushing, Houston's 2011 MVP, was the fiery leader of a swarming, stingy defense that made the team an early Super Bowl favorite. He was felled on a low blindside block by Jets guard Matt Slauson that later cost Slauson a $10,000 fine.

Yet Cushing, his teammates and even the Texans coaches were remarkably tempered in their response to Slauson's ...

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