Mercilus suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain in Saturday's preseason finale against the Buccaneers, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports.

Mercilus will be re-evaluated by the team's medical staff next week, but coach David Culley is optimistic that the linebacker will be able to suit up Week 1 against the Jaguars. The 31-year-old is slated to take on a starting role to begin the year if he returns to full health in time for the season opener.

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