Brian Cushing suffered a concussion in Sunday's 23-20 overtime loss against Seattle. Cushing headed to the locker room in the third quarter to be evaluated and did not return. He was replaced by rookie Justin Tuggle.
"He has a concussion," head coach Gary Kubiak said the post-game press conference. "That's the diagnosis and that's why he didn't play the rest of the way."
Cushing led the defense with nine tackles. He also added a forced fumble on carry by Marshawn Lynch in the second quarter which was recoverd by the Texans. Antonio Smith was in contact with Cushing afterwards.
"I spoke to him and he said he's doing good," Smith said in the locker room.
Smith did not notice that Cushing was out of the game until he saw Tuggle in the huddle. Cushing's absence definitely affected the defense, according to Smith.