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Whitney Mercilus - #59 - LB

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 4"/ 257 lbs.
Birthday 07/21/1990
Birthplace Akron, OH
College Illinois
Years played 2
Drafted 2012, 1st round, 26th pick by Texans

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18 2 0

Kickoffs help steady Rackers win PK job

Posted Sept. 06, 2010 @ 2:08 p.m. ET
Accurate on field goals, Neil Rackers' kickoffs played a key role in him winning the Texans' PK job over longtime incumbent Kris Brown.

Texans agree with ex-Cardinals QB Leinart

Posted Sept. 06, 2010 @ 10:43 a.m. ET
The Texans have agreed with former Cardinals QB Matt Leinart on a one-year contract, The Houston Chronicle and ESPN.com reported Monday morning.

Texans place PK Brown on I.R.

Posted Sept. 05, 2010 @ 2:05 p.m. ET
According to a report from PFW's Texans correspondent John McClain in the Houston Chronicle, PK Kris Brown, who was cut by the team on Saturday, has been placed on injured reserve because the team and player have yet to ...

Jones, Foster ready to transform Texans' 'O'

Posted Sept. 05, 2010 @ 7:56 a.m. ET
The Texans' offense will look different in 2010 but could be even more potent thanks to the emergence of two rising stars.

Report: Texans to sign RB Ward

Posted Sept. 03, 2010 @ 7:08 p.m. ET
Just a few days after being released by the Buccaneers, RB Derrick Ward will be signed by the Texans, according to PFW's Texans correspondent John McClain.

Report: Texans choose PK Rackers over Brown

Posted Sept. 03, 2010 @ 11:57 a.m. ET
Neil Rackers has won the Texans' placekicking job after a solid performance this preseason, displacing incumbent Kris Brown, according to PFW's Texans correspondent John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Report: Free-agent RB Ward visiting Texans

Posted Sept. 03, 2010 @ 10:54 a.m. ET
A report on the NFL Network says that free-agent RB Derrick Ward, who was released by the Buccaneers on Tuesday, is visiting the Texans on Friday.

Texans TE Daniels cleared to play

Posted Aug. 26, 2010 @ 11:29 a.m. ET
The Texans were the league's best passing offense in 2009 and will get one of their weapons back next week in the form of TE Owen Daniels.

Texans WR Holliday out for season

Posted Aug. 24, 2010 @ 6:17 p.m. ET
The Texans lost another rookie for the rest of the year as Trindon Holliday will have surgery Wednesday to repair a broken thumb, ending his season.

Texans' 'D' determined to continue strong play

Posted Aug. 23, 2010 @ 4:07 p.m. ET
Houston's defense finished the 2009 season strongly, but SS Bernard Pollard, one of the catalysts of the defense's impressive turnaround, knows that maintaining the momentum is a must.

Cushing's four-game suspension stands

Posted Aug. 19, 2010 @ 12:23 p.m. ET
The NFL has upheld Texans LB Brian Cushing's four-game suspension for testing positive for hCG.

Schobel chooses retirement over Texans

Posted Aug. 16, 2010 @ 1:04 p.m. ET
Two-time Pro Bowler Aaron Schobel has decided to retire from the NFL instead of play for the Texans or a number of other suitors.

Loss of Tate tests Texans' RB depth

Posted Aug. 15, 2010 @ 5:54 p.m. ET
In a game where the Texans lost rookie RB Ben Tate to a right ankle injury, first-string RB Arian Foster impressed in the Texans' preseason opener at Arizona, rushing for 31 yards on four carries.

Cushing: 'Overtrained athlete syndrome' caused positive test

Posted Aug. 09, 2010 @ 2:33 p.m. ET
Texans SLB Brian Cushing indicated Monday that "overtrained athlete syndrome" caused a positive test for hCG, a banned substance that resulted in a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.

Texans, WR Johnson strike deal

Posted Aug. 05, 2010 @ 3:03 p.m. ET
The Texans and WR Andre Johnson have agreed on a new contract that runs through the 2016 season, the team announced Thursday. The deal will make him the highest-paid receiver in football, Johnson confirmed.

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Posted Dec. 03, 2012
Mercilus recovered a fumble and had two sacks as the Texans (11-1) remain tied with Atlanta for the best record in the NFL with their sixth straight win Sunday.||||||| This was a nice bit of progress for the Mercilus, who the team would hope to see more production from.
Posted June 14, 2012
The Houston Texans have signed No. 26 overall pick Whitney Mercilus to a four-year deal. The team did not release financial terms of the deal.||||||| The 6-foot-4, 254-pound player was a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme at Illinois but has moved to outside linebacker in the 3-4 alignment the Texans use. He started just one season in college, but was the nation's leader in sacks with 16 and forced fumbles with eight.
Posted April 27, 2012
Mercilus had one - and only one - spectacular season at Illinois. That was all Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips needed to see. Houston used the 26th pick in the first round on the 6-foot-3, 261-pound Mercilus, and the projected outside linebacker officially joined his new team Friday.||||||| Mercilus was an early entry junior. He led the nation in sacks with 16 and forced nine fumbles last season, helping Illinois make a dramatic turnaround on defense. Phillips said that if Mercilus had stayed in school, he would've been a top-10 pick next year.

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