In one single NFL game, the Houston Texans lost two defensive stars in Whitney Mercilus and J.J. Watt to season-ending injuries.
It has been confirmed that the Houston Texans will have to play the remainder of the 2017 NFL season without star defensive lineman J.J. Watt and linebacker Whitney Mercilus.
The Texans announced that Watt has a fracture in his leg.
Watt ended up being transported to the hospital during Sunday night’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, via an ambulance in order to undergo further testing. The testing obviously concluded that he has a fracture in his knee.
Watt posted a message on Twitter sharing just how upset he is by the injury.
Watt is undergoing surgery on Monday.
James Palmer of NFL Media reported late Sunday night that Mercilus did in fact suffer a torn pectoral muscle and his season is over.
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It’s really a shame that the Texans have lost two of their best defensive players. Especially when their offense has come to life now that they’ve finally found a true franchise quarterback in rookie Deshaun Watson.
The Texans ultimately may not need their defense to carry them this season with all of the points their offense has been putting up. They just need them to make a few stops each game.
One thing we do know, is that the Texans have some good young defensive players like Christian Covinginton, Carlos Watkins, Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole. They can only hope that these players are able to fill the void.
Comment below with your thoughts on Mercilus and Watt being done for the season.
Update: Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien has confirmed that Watt and Mercilus are done.
Just in case you were doubting any reports.