Texans lose defensive playmaker Kamu Grugier-Hill, carted off with a knee injury

The Houston Texans lost their leading tackler during Sunday's 33-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. LB Kamu Grugier-Hill was carted off the field following a non-contact knee injury. Players from both teams came over to Grugier-Hill to offer their support while he was leaving.

"You're just at a loss for words," WR Brandin Cooks said. "I'm praying for him. You talk about a special player but a special man that means a lot to this team and this locker room. It's so unfortunate that this game comes with those type of things, but he knows we love him. We'll be there with him right by his side through it all. It was just unfortunate."

Grugier-Hill recorded six tackles (five solo), two tackles for loss and one pass defensed before exiting the game early in the third quarter.

"Not an update yet," Head Coach David Culley said after the game. "We'll find out more about it tomorrow."

The six-year veteran linebacker signed with the Texans in free agency and has been a leader on defense. Last week against the Indianapolis Colts, Grugier-Hill set a new franchise record, logging the most tackles (19) in a single game in Texans history.

"He's a great player," LB Christian Kirksey said. "He's a guy that can play the run and play the pass well. He got right in and he did everything that he could possibly do and he did it very well. Obviously, like, when he's not on the field his presence is missed. And we've just got to just keep going. Like I said, just keep encouraging the guys and keep playing football."

In his 12 starts this season, Grugier-Hill has recorded 92 tackles (60 solo), 3.0 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, five quarterback hits, one interception with an 82-yard return, three passes defensed and two forced fumbles.

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