Mercilus had a sack, three quarterback hits, two tackles and a pass defensed in Houston's 34-16 loss to New England in Saturday's AFC division-round playoff game. Mercilus, who had two sacks in last week's win over Oakland, now has six sacks in three postseason games. He and Jadeveon Clowney were quite active Saturday, harassing New England quarterback Tom Brady all night as the Texans defense made this game tight until mid-way through the fourth quarter. Mercilus returns next season after leading Houston with 7.5 sacks over 15 regular-season games. With a healthy J.J. Watt (back) occupying blockers next season, Mercilus will be in a good position to generate a greater amount of sacks. He had 12 in 2015 when Watt was healthy.
Mercilus had seven tackles (five solo), including two sacks and three for a loss, in Houston's 27-14 win over Oakland in their wild-card round playoff game Saturday. The Texans' top-ranked defense was in full effect Saturday, stymieing Raiders quarterback Colin Cook, a rookie making his first NFL start. The Raiders fell behind early and when it became evident Cook was going to throw, Mercilus and the defense got after the rookie. The bar gets raised next week when Houston travels either to Kansas City or New England for the divisional round.
Mercilus had three tackles and two sacks in Houston's 12-10 win over Cincinnati on Saturday. Mercilus returned to action in Week 16 after missing one game due to a back injury. After a five-week sack drought, Houston's sack leader as recorded three in his last three games played.
Mercilus (back) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice. Don't let the limited participation fool you, Mercilus was optimistic when talking to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. After he missed one game due to a flare up of a troublesome back injury, there have been no setbacks this week when Houston will have its sack leader (5.5) ready to roll Saturday night at home against Cincinnati.
Mercilus (back) will not play in Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Mercilus' back injury flared up on him earlier this week, and the setback will prevent him from taking the field in Week 15. Mercilus' absence will leave the Texans a bit thin at the outside linebacker position, as fellow starter John Simon (chest) remains out as well.