Whitney Mercilus has popped up on the Houston Texans’ injury report for week five.
Last week, it was defensive tackle D.J. Reader, this week another star Houston Texans’ defender has ended up on the injury report.
This time it’s Texans’ pass rusher Whitney Mercilus.
Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle says that Mercilus was limited in practice with an ankle injury.
The Texans had a total of three players who were held out of Thursday’s practice. Those players were offensive lineman Kyle Fuller, linebacker Ben Heeney and cornerback Kevin Johnson.
The Texans just claimed Heeney off of waivers from the New Orleans Saints. He could end up helping them on special teams once he gets healthy. But I wouldn’t expect him to play this week.
I also wouldn’t expect Fuller and Johnson to get on the field against the Chiefs.
Johnson is still likely at least two weeks away from coming back.
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When it comes to Mercilus, I would expect him to be ready to go for Sunday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Mercilus has been off to a pretty good start this season with 10 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. He will be one of the key defensive players that Houston will need in order to try and contain Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith on Sunday.
Smith has been off to a hot start this season after helping the Chiefs become the last undefeated team remaining in the NFL with a close win over the Washington Redskins this past Monday night.
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