Mercilus, who was limited to just five games in 2017, will help solidify the Texans' pass rush. The lack of quarterback pressure due to the absences of Mercilus and J.J. Watt (back) contributed to a porous pass defense, which ranked 21st in the NFL.
Mercilus (pectoral) said Tuesday that he was cleared a month ago and is 100 percent, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Mercilus underwent season-ending surgery after suffering a torn pectoral in Week 5 of last season, but it looks like he has been ready to go for several weeks now. With Mercilus saying he'd be able to participate in a full practice Tuesday, the expectation is that the linebacker will be a full go once offseason workouts get into full swing.
Mercilus (pectoral) should be healthy this spring, Aaron WIlson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Mercilus suffered a torn pectoral Week 5 last season, giving him six full months to recover before the start of the Texans' offseason workout program April 16. While it won't come as a surprise if he's limited at first, the 27-year-old pass rusher should be back at full strength long before training camp begins. Mercilus is entering the third season of a four-year, $25 million contract, standing out as a clear bargain compared to other productive pass rushers. He had only 10 tackles and one sack in five games last season, after piling up 105 tackles and 19.5 sacks in 31 games between 2015 and 2016 .
Mercilus (pectoral) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Mercilus needed season-ending surgery to repair his torn pectoral muscle, so this move was expected. The Texans will need to replace his strong pass-rush presence, so they signed Lamarr Houston, who notched eight sacks for the Bears in 2015 -- his last 16-game season.
Mercilus suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs and will require season-ending surgery, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
This was a worst-case scenario for the Texans, who will now be without their top two pass rushers after perennial All-Pro J.J. Watt fractured his tibia earlier in the contest and will also require season-ending surgery. The Texans will now be forced to lean more heavily on Jadeveon Clowney to supply the heat on opposing quarterbacks with Mercilus, who had accumulated 19.5 sacks the last two seasons, and Watt out of commission. Ufomba Kamalu will be first in line to replace Mercilus in the starting lineup at outside linebacker, but he'll need to prove himself a capable producer before popping up on the IDP radar.
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