Houston Texans’ middle linebacker Brian Cushing is one of the best run-stuffing linebackers in the entire NFL. It isn’t crazy to think that the Texans will suffer a drop-off defensively as he takes the next eight months to recover from a torn LCL and broken fibula. Stepping into his big shoes will be inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton, and he and Joe Mays must take their game to another level if the Texans are to avoid losing a sixth-game in-a-row.
Sharpton has only played in 27-games over a three-year span, finding little time to gel with the Texans’ defense. He is a talented player, but needs to stay healthy to contribute to his team. According to Tania Ganguli of ESPN, coach Gary Kubiak feels the same:
“The thing about Sharpton is Sharpton hasn’t practiced in two weeks. He’s played in both games, but he has not practiced. He’s been bothered by a foot, so we have to continue to work to get him healthy.”
Obviously one can begin to sense a recurring theme here – Sharpton is never hea...