During Sunday's loss to Oakland, the Texans suffered a worse loss at defensive end, as defensive end Mario Williams will miss the remainder of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. Coach Gary Kubiak says Williams will go on injured reserve and undergo surgery, the Associated Press reported Monday.
Williams appeared to be hurt while sacking Jason Campbell with about five minutes left in the first quarter. He walked to the locker room on his own, and was on the sideline in the second half, wearing a T-shirt and shorts.
At the time, the team classified the injury as a strained pectoral muscle, but John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported earlier Monday that Williams will have surgery this week and miss the remainder of the year.
Late Sunday night, there was speculation that the Texans could lose Williams for the year and despite reports of Williams missing time "indefinitely", there's no longer hope that he can return and help the Texans in a playoff push.
Williams, who's had some pretty good success transitioning to an outside linebacker in Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme, is in a contract season, but as our own Pete Prisco notes, will likely still get paid, given that he didn't blow out his knee or anything extreme.
"I'm not a doctor, so I don't know," coach Gary Kubiak said following Sunday's game. "I hate to answer that right now in the state of mind I'm in, so let's see what happens."
Brooks Reed, a rookie linebacker drafted in the second round out of Arizona, stepped in and filled Williams' big shoes, doing so pretty admirably.
"I think initially I got to say that he looked pretty impressive," Kubiak said. "Looked like he had some good rushes off the edge. He went from playing 10, 12 plays, to all of a sudden he probably played 50 in the game. It’s gonna be time for him to step up now, but that’s what he’s here for. He’s been doing some good stuff."
The Texans seemed prenaturally blessed to roll their way to an AFC South title this season, based solely on the way the quarterback situations shook out for the Jaguars, Titans and Colts. Injuries to Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and now Williams might have Houston thinking otherwise, even if they're still (tied) on top of the division Monday morning.
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