Texans look to young LBs as injuries mount

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 28, 2012
Injuries have left the Houston Texans linebacking corps very thin. With star Brian Cushing (knee) out for the season and starter Brooks Reed out indefinitely with a groin injury, young players Whitney Mercilus and Darryl Sharpton will have to step up to keep the defense rolling as the Texans (10-1) play for postseason positioning. Coach Gary Kubiak says of the group: ''How far we go, how well we play, how we hang on here and keep working has a lot to do with how they play.'' Adding to the trouble, inside linebacker Bradie James, who has started every game for Houston this season, is day to day with a hamstring injury. James, a 10-year veteran, says he's never been around a team with so many injuries to one position. --- Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-
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