McKinney had a team-high 12 tackles, including his fourth sack of the season, in Houston's 21-13 loss to San Diego in Week 12.

At 101 tackles through 11 games, McKinney has twice as many takedowns as the nearest Texan (John Simon, 50). A goal for the Texans entering this season was to expand McKinney into a three-down linebacker and the product of Mississippi State has succeeded in that endeavor. Brian Cushing is the heart of the linebacking corps, but the torch is being passed to McKinney.

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