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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

Texans CB McCain has broken foot

Posted Dec. 03, 2012 @ 4:51 p.m. ET
Texans CB Brice McCain underwent surgery for a broken foot on Monday morning and will be out at least six weeks.

AFC South Spin cycle: Thrilling comeback keeps Colts winning

Posted Dec. 03, 2012 @ 3:43 p.m. ET
The Colts keep finding ways to win, the Texans got back to winning comfortably and the lost seasons in Jacksonville and Tennessee continued.

Texans clinch playoff spot with win over Titans

Posted Dec. 02, 2012 @ 4:40 p.m. ET
The Texans clinched their second straight playoff berth and set a franchise record for wins in a season as they beat the Titans 24-10 on Sunday.

Striking similarities between Texans OLBs Reed, Mercilus

Posted Nov. 30, 2012 @ 12:18 p.m. ET
Much like Brooks Reed a season ago, when he filled in admirably for the injured Mario Williams, Whitney Mercilus has been called upon to fill a big void.

Lions DT Suh fined $30,000 for kick

Posted Nov. 28, 2012 @ 2:47 p.m. ET
The NFL fined Lions DT Ndamukong Suh $30,000 for his kick to the groin of Texans QB Matt Schaub in last Thursday’s game.

Goodell says Suh's intent very difficult to judge

Posted Nov. 27, 2012 @ 10:36 p.m. ET
Roger Goodell and NFL officials looked at Ndamukong Suh's latest infamous act on the field, but couldn't determine if it was intentional.

Week 13 playoff scenarios

Posted Nov. 27, 2012 @ 2:22 p.m. ET
According to the playoff scenarios released by the NFL on Tuesday, five teams can clinch postseason berths in Week 13.

Week 12 Players of the Week

Posted Nov. 27, 2012 @ 8:51 a.m. ET
This week, PFW selects Robert Griffin III, J.J. Watt and T.Y. Hilton as its Players of the Week.

NFL will not suspend Lions DT Suh; fine possible

Posted Nov. 26, 2012 @ 4:42 p.m. ET
The NFL will not suspend Lions DT Ndamukong Suh for Thursday’s incident involving Texans QB Matt Schaub, according to league spokesman Greg Aiello.

AFC South Spin cycle: Texans get controversial win, Colts win ugly

Posted Nov. 26, 2012 @ 1:34 p.m. ET
What we learned about the teams of the AFC South, which went 3-1 in Week 12.

Texans keep winning, but battles taking a toll

Posted Nov. 24, 2012 @ 9:46 p.m. ET
The Texans are 3-0 in their past three games, but the wins have come at a cost.

NFL to examine replay rule from Lions-Texans game

Posted Nov. 23, 2012 @ 3:37 p.m. ET
The rule that negated using video replay to confirm a Texans TD will be re-examined immediately, NFL director of football operations Ray Anderson said.

Schwartz's mistake aids Texans in wild 34-31 win

Posted Nov. 22, 2012 @ 5:25 p.m. ET
Arian Foster rushed for two touchdowns, and Jim Schwartz's errant challenge flag cost the Lions in a wild overtime game on Thanksgiving.

Week 12 playoff scenarios

Posted Nov. 20, 2012 @ 2:57 p.m. ET
According to the playoff scenarios released by the NFL, the Texans are the only team in position to clinch a postseason berth in Week 12.

Week 11 Players of the Week

Posted Nov. 20, 2012 @ 9:06 a.m. ET
This week, PFW selects Andre Johnson, Aldon Smith and Julian Edelman as its Players of the Week.

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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