HOUSTON – Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus said on Monday that he is recovered from a hamstring injury that kept him out most of Training Camp and should be ready to start in the team’s opener at San Diego.
"I’m back off of like the third practice from injury, doing all of the workouts and stuff like that and I’m ready to go out right now," Mercilus said. "Just concentrating on us these first few days. We’ll get started on San Diego on Thursday and see where it goes from there.”
Mercilus has been out since the beginning of Training camp because of the injury.
The 2nd year man out of Illinois says this is the first time he had ever dealt with a hamstring injury. He thought at first the pain was due to cramps, but then later it was revealed he had suffered a grad one hamstring strain.
“Yeah, it was frustrating because, as a competitor, you want to get back out there and you see your teammates taking valuable reps and things like that," Mercilus said. "During that time, you build all of your chemistry between your teammates on the field and being injured takes away from that. I just had to wait patiently and now it’s my opportunity this week to actually get back in that rhythm.”
Mercilus is expected to get the start at outside linebacker. Last year, he recorded 6 sacks and got plenty of reps after OLB Brooks Reed went down with a groin injury.
“What I’m looking forward to is just making a lot of plays. Showing why the Texans drafted me. Opening the eyes of the public and things like that as to why I belong in the NFL, why I belong to this team," Mercilus said. "That’s what I’m looking forward to. Also, helping this team go to a Super Bowl.”