Texans DE Watt, LB Mercilus out for season

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The Chiefs were up by six when Smith found West on an 8-yard touchdown pass to make it 13-0 in the second quarter. They are balanced, able to beat teams in any way on both sides of the ball. It's a tough loss, but Houston should be alright. "These guys are there, and they're going to have to step in". He wasn't the only key defensive piece to go down, though.

After being checked in the medical tent, he was transported on a cart to the locker room.

About 30 minutes later, television footage showed Watt walking on crutches to an ambulance before sitting on a stretcher, being moved into the ambulance and taken away. In 2015, Watt battled a groin injury and a fractured left hand all season, but still dominated all 16 games.

Anytime that a team loses two pieces as talented and pivotal as those, it's not good for that club.

That won't even be so much as a trivia question if it doesn't hold up. But with No. 4 at the forefront playing better than anyone could have imagined, the Texans have a lot more than hope - they have somebody who gives them a chance to win every game. That's a low-key performance for the rookie whose second-half rushing total alone was more than any other running back this season.

Naturally, given that he's now 32, the same performance can not be expected of Williams should the Texans give him a go, especially given that he managed just 6.5 sacks in the last two years. For reference, anything below 70 is considered below average.

J.J. Watt's American people saint status can likewise be credited to Houston Texans' fans who keep his legend alive. Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney weren't making as many big plays as their big names and highlights might suggest.

I can't say the Chiefs are limping into Week 6 at Arrowhead Stadium since numerous key pieces are still in one piece, but it's a trend I hope ends soon.

The Texans vs. Chiefs game last night saw two major defensive stars for the Texans suffer season-ending injuries, as JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus were hauled off the field after getting knocked around.

Some say J.J. Watt could be looking at the end of an absolutely brilliant career with the Houston Texans. With stats like these, and given he's now nearly 36, you'd have to say the likelihood of him returning once again is slim.