Whitney Mercilus

#59 LB / Houston Texans / EXP: 6YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 260 lb Age: 27 College: Illinois Bye 7

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  • Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Lands on IR
    By RotoWire Staff

    Mercilus (pectoral) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Mercilus needed season-ending surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle, so the move was fully expected. In order to address the pass-rushing void the loss of Mercilus presents, Texans signed Lamarr Houston earlier this week. Houston notched eight sacks for the Bears in 2015, his last 16-game season.

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  • Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Out with chest injury
    By RotoWire Staff

    Mercilus left Sunday's game against the Chiefs with a chest injury and won't return. It's a tough blow for the Houston defense, as Mercilus had led the team with 7.5 sacks a year earlier. The Texans will likely have a more specific update on Mercilus' injury in the days to come. His absence for the rest of Sunday's contest will open up more snaps at outside linebacker for Ufomba Kamalu.

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  • Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Limited Thursday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Mercilus was limited in Thursday's practice due to an ankle injury. Mercilus was added to the injury report Thursday due to an ankle ailment. A key defensive contributor, the veteran linebacker has logged 10 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble through the first quarter of the season. His status for Friday's practice will be a determining factor for whether he suits up Sunday against the Chiefs.

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  • Mercilus had a sack, three quarterback hits, two tackles and a pass defensed in Houston's 34-16 loss to New England in Saturday's AFC division-round playoff game. Mercilus, who had two sacks in last week's win over Oakland, now has six sacks in three postseason games. He and Jadeveon Clowney were quite active Saturday, harassing New England quarterback Tom Brady all night as the Texans defense made this game tight until mid-way through the fourth quarter. Mercilus returns next season after leading Houston with 7.5 sacks over 15 regular-season games. With a healthy J.J. Watt (back) occupying blockers next season, Mercilus will be in a good position to generate a greater amount of sacks. He had 12 in 2015 when Watt was healthy.

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  • Mercilus had seven tackles (five solo), including two sacks and three for a loss, in Houston's 27-14 win over Oakland in their wild-card round playoff game Saturday. The Texans' top-ranked defense was in full effect Saturday, stymieing Raiders quarterback Colin Cook, a rookie making his first NFL start. The Raiders fell behind early and when it became evident Cook was going to throw, Mercilus and the defense got after the rookie. The bar gets raised next week when Houston travels either to Kansas City or New England for the divisional round.

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