Whitney Mercilus

#59 LB / Houston Texans / EXP: 9YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 258 lb Age: 30 College: Illinois Bye 8

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  • Mercilus will return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Browns, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Mercilus missed Week 9's win over the Jaguars while sitting on the reserve COVID-19 list. He did not contract the virus but was determined to be in close contact with Jacob Martin, who tested positive. Mercilus started the season slowly but has picked up in recent weeks. He has three sacks and four quarterback hits with one sack nullified by a penalty over his last four games played.

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  • Mercilus (undisclosed) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The 30-year-old was placed on the COVID-19 list last week as a close contact of the COVID-positive Jacob Martin, but he's now back on the active roster after clearing the league protocols. Mercilus has three sacks through seven games and should reclaim his starting role at outside linebacker for the Texans.

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  • Mercilus had one tackle, a sack and recovered a fumble in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jaguars. The fumble recovery was Mercilus' first of the season and led to the Texans' final points. He has just 13 tackles over five games, but Mercilus has three sacks the last two weeks.

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  • Mercilus recorded four tackles (two solo) and two sacks in Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Vikings. Mercilus got off to a slow start this season with no sacks and no quarterback pressures through the first three games, but it appears he may have shaken off the rust Sunday, although Kirk Cousins has been sacked on 9.1 percent of his dropbacks -- the fifth-highest frequency in the league. We know this is in Mercilus' arsenal, though, as he's coming off a 7.5-sack season in 2019. He'll set his sights on Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars in Week 5, which should be another favorable matchup.

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  • Mercilus had four tackles, one for a loss, in Sunday's 28-21 loss to the Steelers. Mercilus has been quiet to open the season. Sunday's tackle for a loss was his first of the season, and he's yet to register a quarterback hit. Mercilus signed a four-year contract extension during the offseason, so more is expected of him.

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Completed Games

WK OPP TK SACK INT FF DFR DFTD PDEF FPTS
1 @KC 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 BAL 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 @PIT 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 MIN 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
5 JAC 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3
6 @TEN 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 GB 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 BYE - - - - - - - -
*9 @JAC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 @CLE 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 NE 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 @DET 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1

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Scheduled Games

WK DATE OPP OPP RANK
13 12/06 Indianapolis Colts 31
14 12/13 @Chicago Bears 26
15 12/20 @Indianapolis Colts 31
16 12/27 Cincinnati Bengals 16
17 01/03 Tennessee Titans 6

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