January 24 2018

Watt & Mercilus out for season with injuries

January 24 2018, 01:57 | Sammy Rose's Ian Rapoport: Source indicates Texans' JJ Watt out for season with “tibial plateau fracture”

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien right talks to quarterback Deshaun Watson during training camp at The Greenbrier on Friday Aug. 11 2017 in White Sulphur Springs

This game saw multiple injuries on both sides of the ball. I make it fun.

The Kansas City Chiefs look unstoppable right now. Kansas City's defense is surrendering a lot of yards but has limited the damage to 19.3 points per game. "We all wish the very best for you as you recover!"

But you know who has?

The franchise record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a season in 308 by Carr in 2005. Never throwing for more than 3,502 yards and 23 touchdowns in four seasons with Kansas City, the former No.1 overall pick is on pace for career highs of 4,268 yards and 32 touchdowns. The kid is pretty good. The Texans' front seven stifled the NFL's best rushing offense from a season ago, limiting the tandem of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry to just 89 yards on the ground combined.

Kelce left the game in the second quarter to be evaluated for a concussion, but he was cleared to return. After a blistering opening couple of games, Tyreek Hill has cooled off, but Albert Wilson has stepped up his game as a reliable target, especially on third down. What kind of odds are offshore sportsbooks giving the Texans against an elite team like Kansas City this weekend? But he was placed on injured reserve September 28 because the injury still lingered, and he missed the remainder of the season after undergoing another back surgery.

Texans - LB Ben Heeney (Questionable, Knee), LB Whitney Mercilus (Questionable, Ankle), C Kyle Fuller (Questionable, Hamstring), DE Chris Covington (Questionable, Knee), CB Kareem Jackson (Questionable, Hamstring), G Xavier Su'a-Filo (Questionable, Knee), CB Marcus Burley (Questionable, Knee), C Greg Mancz (Questionable, Knee).

The defensive end played every game in his first five seasons in the National Football League before his injury a year ago. He has rushed the football 68 times for 257 yards and a touchdown.

Hopkins says Watson's composure under the circumstances stood out. Last week Hopkins caught 10 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. You can confuse a defense when you have extra players moving around, and you will see this team attempt to stun opposing defenses because they want to give Watson a way to remain as safe as possible.

Houston dropped to 2-3 and a game behind the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC South, but it lost more than just the game. Watt made himself available to the Texans repeatedly, doing so through injuries that might have slowed a less determined individual. I don't know how else to explain it other than that.

"These guys that are there, they're going to have to step in's going to be multiple guys", coach Bill O'Brien said. However, if Kansas City can maintain their level of play, they should have no problem coming out on top.

"This is a young man's league", the Chiefs' Johnson said.

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