Concerning chop block on Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews rips NFL’s ‘double standard’

Houston Texans standout linebacker Brian Cushing may be lost for the season if the initial reports that he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee prove to be accurate.

Cushing was on the receiving end of a questionable chop block courtesy of New York Jets offensive lineman Matt Slauson during Houston’s 23-17 win on Monday night, and one person who is taking the NFL to task for what he perceives is a “double standard” being perpetrated by the league is Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews.

Matthews, a teammate of Cushing’s at USC, took to Twitter to criticize the NFL and express his frustration for how the league seemingly goes out of its way to ensure the safety of players on offense when it comes to questionable hits but seemingly not protecting players on defense for similarly dangerous plays.

Slauson’s chop block on Cushing, when he went low on the linebacker’s knees from behind, was questionable at best and dirty and cheap at worst. Below is how Matthews sees things:



Definitely a fair assessment of the situation and an accurate characterization by Matthews of the delicate situation the league faces. While offensive players — especially those who play the glamorous skill positions —  tend to be the faces of NFL franchises and are protected with great care by the league as it sees fit. And while an offensive lineman isn’t considered a member of the skill position fraternity, having any member of an offense recklessly go after an opponent’s knees shouldn’t be tolerated.

It will be interesting to see if the league goes after Slauson with the same sense of urgency it routinely does when addressing and subsequently punishing a defensive player for his aggressive play and hands down a fine to Slauson for his borderline dirty hit that may have knocked out one of the premiere defensive players in the game.


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  1. Roger Goodell

    October 10, 2012 at 12:22 am

    What to say. . . .

  2. Cody

    October 10, 2012 at 12:42 am

    He’s completely right. Total double standard….

  3. Randy Marsh

    October 10, 2012 at 12:59 am

    He needs to wear a bra and they should replace the football with a balloon. And the players should stop, hug and compliment each other on their way to the endzone.

    • bczu

      October 10, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Oooohh riiiight. And I guess you want the players to wear tin foil hats too right?

    • Mike W

      October 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Well said. He punishes the opposition as much as any in the league, and now to whine about it. would he be whining so much it they were winning more?

  4. mexicant1

    October 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    steroid bro solidarity

  5. KPR

    October 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    If the NFL really cared about players, they NEVER would have put scab refs on the field.

  6. Eagles95

    October 10, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I have been saying this for 2 years now, you see a defensive player lower their head for a hit 2000000000000000million dollar fine a flag and a penalty you see someone like Trent Richardson go head to CHEST on a safety on the eagles NOT EVEN A FLAG NFL “protecting players” is only protecting offensive players because people get excited by touchdowns not shutdown D all they care about is money.

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