Locker Room Buzz: Houston Texans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Observations from the Houston Texans' locker room after their 17-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Familiar sight for Cushing: It's unfortunate that this was a familiar sight for Brian Cushing. The inside linebacker leaned on crutches as he made his way to his locker, a little over a year after suffering a season-ending injury to the same leg he injured Sunday. Offensive guard Wade Smith said he was "sick" about Cushing's injury, which is a torn LCL and broken leg that will require surgery.

Watt optimistic: Defensive end J.J. Watt saw reasons for optimism after this loss, which didn't feel like the previous four. He said, "We fought very, very hard. In the second half especially, the defense started to feel like the old defense. Started to feel like the defense we know and love. If you're looking for positives, that’s definitely a positive. End of the day an L’s an L."

McNair liked Keenum: "I thought he did a hell of a job," Texans owner Bob McNair said about quarterback Case Keenum. "He was outstanding. If we’d have given him better protection at the end, I think he’d have gotten us down the field again and we didn’t do it. That was a disappointment."