“Well, we’ve had to play without him before," defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said about Cushing. "We feel good about the guys we have. I think they’ll come in and play well for us. We’ve got guys with experience and have played inside. That’s a good thing for us.
"We all have to step up and play a little bit better for the loss of Cush," Mays said. "Sharpton will start for Cushing alongside Mays who says he feels comfortable in the Texans' defense. Mays has been praised by both Gary Kubiak and Phillips on stepping up and being more vocal.
“I’ve always tried to be vocal, as vocal as I can, try to communicate as best I can. Just try to get all of the guys on the same page. That’s all I do. That’s what I just try to get us to do so we can all go out there and play ball.”