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NFL to review Matt Slauson's block that injured Texans' Brian Cushing

Trainers work on Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian

Trainers work on Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets. (Oct. 8, 2012) Credit: AP

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the league will review Matt Slauson's block on Texans linebacker Brian Cushing to determine if the low hit was, in fact, legal.

Cushing suffered a season-ending ACL injury on the play, but Slauson maintained Wednesday that there was nothing dirty about the cut block he delivered during the Jets' 23-17 loss to Houston on Monday night.

"It's unfortunate, but it happens," the Jets left guard said. "I wasn't trying to hurt him, obviously. I must have just caught him by surprise."

Rex Ryan also defended his offensive lineman, saying: "It's something that definitely wasn't intentional."


Ellis confirms MCL sprain

Nose tackle Kenrick Ellis told reporters he suffered a medial collateral ligament sprain Monday and could miss as many as 4-6 weeks. Because starting nose tackle Sione Po'uha still is hampered by a stiff lower back, Ryan said Damon Harrison could fill in, along with veteran lineman Mike DeVito.


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The Jets placed backup LB Josh Mauga (torn pectoral) on injured reserve and signed former Colts NT Daniel Muir . . . C Nick Mangold (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, but wouldn't rule out playing Sunday. Po'uha, Ellis, FB John Conner (hamstring, WR Clyde Gates (shoulder) and S LaRon Landry (heel) also didn't practice. LBs Bart Scott (toe), Bryan Thomas (hamstring) and David Harris (hamstring), TE Dustin Keller and WR Stephen Hill (hamstrings), S Eric Smith (knee) and WR Jeremy Kerley (finger/illness) were limited . . . Colts sack leader LB Robert Mathis (knee) will miss two or three games -- starting Sunday -- according to the Indianapolis Star . . . The Colts announced that RB Donald Brown (knee) will not play. LB Dwight Freeney and CB Vontae Davis (ankles) didn't practice for the Colts.

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