As with any sport as the season rolls on injuries are bound to happen. Sunday was one of those weekends. The Giants were particularly affected but Houston got hit also. The team had already lost three-time defensive player of the year J.J. Watt, the Texans lost another key member of their defense last night.
In a real blow for the organization, Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus suffered a torn pectoral muscle Sunday night and is out for the season.
In a horrible start to the game, Mercilus was injured on the first series, not long before defensive end J.J. Watt left with a tibial plateau fracture. As of now we are unsure as to the extent of Watt’s injury but Mercilus will need surgery to repair the damage, which will almost certainly end his season.
Following his injury, Mercilus was replaced in the lineup by Brennan Scarlett, but in all honesty, it will be hard to replace his production. He led the Texans with 7.5 sacks last season and had 12.0 in 2015.