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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.