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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

STATS, LLC 2012 STATS

Tack FF Int
18 2 0

Brees, Zimmer among PFWA award winners

Posted June 08, 2010 @ noon ET
The Professional Football Writers of America announced their annual awards Tuesday, and Saints QB Drew Brees, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and longtime personnel director Gil Brandt were among the winners.

Texans CB Jackson starts strong

Posted May 29, 2010 @ 8:05 a.m. ET
Texans CB Kareem Jackson, the club's first-round draft pick out of Alabama, was installed as a starter in the club's May offseason team activities, and he has fared well.

Schedule must be weighed in predicting outcomes

Posted May 24, 2010 @ 9:55 a.m. ET
Don’t tell me the schedule doesn’t matter in the NFL. Here’s a look at teams that will benefit the most and be hindered the most by whom they play this season.

Texans sign RS-WR Holliday

Posted May 18, 2010 @ 10:49 p.m. ET
The Texans announced the signing of RS-WR Trindon Holliday on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Report: Texans WR Johnson unhappy with deal

Posted May 17, 2010 @ 2:38 p.m. ET
Texans WR Andre Johnson skipped the beginning of the Texans' OTAs on Monday to express his displeasure with his contract, The Houston Chronicle reported. Johnson has five years remaining on his contract.

Cushing denies taking banned substance

Posted May 13, 2010 @ 3:06 p.m. ET
Texans SLB Brian Cushing, facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances, said Thursday said he did not "inject or ingest" any illegal substances.

Cushing retains AP rookie honor

Posted May 12, 2010 @ 2:44 p.m. ET
Texans SLB Brian Cushing will keep his 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year honor from The Associated Press after he won a revote held by the organization this week. However, he lost his spot on the AP's All-Pro second ...

Source: Cushing failed one drug test

Posted May 11, 2010 @ 8:48 p.m. ET
Texans LB Brian Cushing was suspended by the league for testing positive for hCG, a fertility drug that is on the NFL's list of banned substances, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press.

NFLPA issues statement on performance-enhancing drugs

Posted May 11, 2010 @ 6:41 p.m. ET
In light of Texans SLB Brian Cushing's four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith issued a statement Tuesday on the union's stance on performance-enhancing drugs.

Report: Texans agree with LB Clark

Posted May 11, 2010 @ 4:38 p.m. ET
The Texans and veteran LB Danny Clark have agreed to terms on a contract, The Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday.

AP conducts revote on Cushing's awards

Posted May 11, 2010 @ 1:49 a.m. ET
In the wake of the four-game suspension levied against Texans LB Brian Cushing for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, The Associated Press says it is conducting a revote of the awards Cushing won at the end of ...

Holliday adds to Texans' wealth of return weapons

Posted May 08, 2010 @ 3:12 p.m. ET
Clocked at 4.21 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, rookie RS-WR Trindon Holliday's speed could make him an asset on a couple of fronts for Houston in his first NFL season.

Report: Texans LB Cushing suspended four games

Posted May 07, 2010 @ 6:46 p.m. ET
Texans SLB Brian Cushing will be suspended for the first four games of the 2010 regular season for violating the NFL's steroid policy, ESPN.com reported Friday.

2010 draft choices by team: Texans

Posted April 24, 2010 @ 11:30 p.m. ET
Here are the players who were chosen by the Houston Texans in the 2010 NFL draft.

Report: Texans agree with TE Gaines

Posted April 24, 2010 @ 6:36 p.m. ET
The Texans agreed to terms with UFA TE Michael Gaines on a one-year contract, NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reported via his Twitter feed on Friday.

STATS, LLC PLAYER NEWS

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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