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Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Disruptive in Saturday's playoff loss
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

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 divisional-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 midway 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 should be in a good position to generate a greater amount of sacks, as evidenced by the 12 he racked up in 2015 playing alongside the former.

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Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Two sacks in Saturday's win
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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 Saturday's AFC wild-card round playoff game.

The Texans' top-ranked defense was in full effect Saturday, stymieing Raiders quarterback Connor 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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Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Two sacks in return to lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus had three tackles and two sacks in Houston's 12-10 win over Cincinnati on Saturday.

Mercilus returned to action in Week 16 after missing one game due to a back injury. After a five-week sack drought, Houston's sack leader as recorded three in his last three games played.

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Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Limited practice Thursday
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Mercilus (back) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice.

Don't let the limited participation fool you, Mercilus was optimistic when talking to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. After he missed one game due to a flare-up of a troublesome back injury, there have been no setbacks this week, and the Texans' sack leader (5.5) will thus be ready to roll Saturday night at home against Cincinnati.

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Texans' Whitney Mercilus: Will not play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mercilus (back) will not play in Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mercilus' back injury flared up on him earlier this week, and the setback will prevent him from taking the field in Week 15. Mercilus' absence will leave the Texans a bit thin at the outside linebacker position, as fellow starter John Simon (chest) remains out as well.

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Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2012Houston Texans162520.056000.0001
2013Houston Texans164733.0147000.0000
2014Houston Texans155031.0195000.0000
2015Houston Texans165232.02012000.0002
2016Houston Texans155336.0177.5000.0001
2017Houston Texans243.010000.0000
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2012Houston Texans1600201010
2013Houston Texans1600000000
2014Houston Texans1500200000
2015Houston Texans1600111520
2016Houston Texans1500104740
2017Houston Texans200000000
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