Kirksey totaled 10 tackles (seven solo) in Thursday's 24-9 loss to the Panthers.

It was a busy night for Houston's linebacker corps, as Kirksey's tackle total was bested by Zach Cunningham's 14. Kirksey's solid performance was marred by an ill-advised unnecessary roughness penalty for helmet-to-helmet contact on sliding quarterback Sam Darnold. That play turned what would have been a 3rd-and-6 into a Carolina first down, and the Panthers went on to cap that drive with a touchdown to take a 14-6 third-quarter lead.

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