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Texans Rookie LB Whitney Mercilus Ready To Step In For Brooks Reed
In the NFL, opportunity knocks in the cruelest of ways. Injuries, inevitable in this violent game, open doors. Brooks Reed walked through one as a rookie last year when Mario Williams tore a pectoral muscle. Now with Reed off to rehab because of a severe groin strain suffered in Detroit, another rookie, Whitney Mercilus, crosses the same threshold.
The Texans’ top draft choice in 2012 will make his first start against the Tennessee Titans Sunday at the expense of the Texans’ second pick in 2011.
“We’ve told (Mercilus) it’s his time and he has to come through for us,” defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said Thursday. “It’s a lot like what we told Brooks last year. ‘You’ve got to go out and play, and play well.’”
Mercilus knows on what’s expected of him.
“Somebody goes down, the next man has to be ready and I feel like I’m ready,” he said. “I know I’ve got to get things right this week.”
Source: Houston Chronicle
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