The Texans made some defensive changes on Monday, a week before they return to the gridiron in a Week Eight Monday night game against the Colts.
Head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters he will move Brian Cushing to middle linebacker after starting MLB DeMeco Ryans' season-ending injury. Cushing was the 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Zac Diles will remain at his normal weakside linebacker position.
The Texans also signed veteran DT Damione Lewis. Lewis has started 65 regular season games and has recorded 22 ½ sacks in his career. The Patriots cut the former first-round draft pick earlier this year.
The Texans also activated Malcolm Sheppard, signed LB Stanford Keglar and placed DL Tim Jamison on the practice squad.
The way we see it
The upside with the Cushing move is he's their best playmaker in the LB corps, so the middle move makes sense. Cushing is very good vs. the run, but the position transition will be a little challenging - especially with the first game trying Cushing at MLB is at Indianapolis - but the Texans obviously are trying to make the best of tough situations.