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Houston Texans Injury News: Whitney Mercilus Expected Back For Season Opener Against Patriots

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There has been some great injury news this summer. J.J. Watt is expected back for Week One. Jadeveon Clowney is practicing again and could play this Saturday afternoon. Kevin Johnson is doing okay after his concussion. And now, Whitney Mercilus should be ready for the regular season as well, according to Aaron Wilson with the Houston Chronicle.

Mercilus missed the majority of last season after tearing his pectoral muscle against the Kansas City Chiefs on a miserable and rotten Sunday night. During this year’s training camp, he’s been held out with a slight hamstring strain.

In case you forgot, the last time Mercilus was healthy for an entire season, he had 7.5 sacks, 14 quarterback hits, and 31 quarterback hurries, including a spectacular game in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playfofs. With Watt, Clowney, and Mercilus all healthy, the Texans have one of the best pass rushes in football. We’ll just have to wait until the season opener against the Patriots in a few weeks to see it.