The Houston Texans will be without their best defender, and arguably the NFL's best defender, after seeing star defensive end J.J. Watt go down with an injury that ended up getting him carted off to the team's locker room early in the first quarter on Sunday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs. They reported on the broadcast that he suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his knee.
After the game, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported Mercilus will need surgery to fix a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the remainder of the season. "But ... just knowing him and knowing the type of guy that he is, he's an incredible human being".
"We all love you J.J., please get well soon", said Taylor Krosby who has much respect for the NFL football player who stepped up just days after Harvey flooded much of Houston.
"I think that's tough", said Texans head coach Bill O'Brien of the injuries.
"I want him to know everybody in Houston cares about him", said Johnathan Coronado as he wrote a personal message to Watt on a white banner.
Here are a few things Houston should keep in mind after the season-ending innjuries to J.J. Watt and Whiteney Mercilus.
Watt was fighting through a block when he fell to the ground and was unable to get up without help.
Watt had to be helped off the field, clearly favoring his left leg.
The Texans know that it's a big blow to lose a player of his caliber again, but they have to figure out a way to move on like they did a year ago when the defense allowed the fewest yards in the National Football League despite his absence. Watson went 6-of-10 for 119 yards and two touchdowns on play-action against the Titans.
The Texans' defense has felt the effect of missing two of their best defensive players.