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Mario Williams done for season

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Earlier on Monday, word was that Texans linebacker Mario Williams was out indefinitely with a torn pectoral muscle.

We now have a more definite answer on how long he’ll be out and the news isn’t good for the Texans. At his Monday meeting with the media, Texans coach Gary Kubiak announced that Williams will miss the rest of the season. He’ll have surgery this week and go on injured reserve.

“I feel so bad for Mario because man, he’s been such a heck of a player, and what we’re doing to me is really going to blossom his career from now on,” Kubiak said. “I think he had really taken to the position he’s playing. He was improving every day in practice, improving in every game and really enjoying – I think I’ve never seen him so upbeat about what was going on – and to lose him on a freak play, it doesn’t look like much at all.”

Williams had five sacks in the first five games of the season, backing up Kubiak’s opinion that he was making a smooth transition from defensive end to outside linebacker under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. His loss is a serious blow as to the Texans’ attempt to make the playoffs for the first time in their history, although playing in an underpowered AFC South still gives them a strong chance at the postseason.

Brooks Reed will move into the starting lineup, although strongside linebacker Connor Barwin might take Williams’ spot on the weakside. The Texans made no indication about who will take Williams’ spot on the active roster.

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49 Responses to “Mario Williams done for season”
  1. canadianhonky says: Oct 10, 2011 5:39 PM

    HUGE LOSS!!!

  2. kqole25 says: Oct 10, 2011 5:44 PM

    Mario Williams done for season…

    Next on the schedule is Baltimore. Is it possible for them to miss the playoffs again even with Jax and Indy in the division??

  3. iambadkid says: Oct 10, 2011 5:46 PM

    texans are done!!!!!!

  4. iambadkid says: Oct 10, 2011 5:47 PM

    they will lose 34 straight games

  5. broncobillie says: Oct 10, 2011 5:48 PM

    Gut check time for the Texans after losing Williams AND losing to the Raiders on the last play…

  6. jhart615 says: Oct 10, 2011 5:48 PM

    Yet another season of preseason hype for the Texans…

    Yet another season where something screws it up for them…

    I love it. Such an overrated franchise. So talented but just can never put it all together

  7. tedmurph says: Oct 10, 2011 5:48 PM

    Too bad, excellent player. Would have been interesting to see if he could have made the transition effectively.

  8. commandercornpone says: Oct 10, 2011 5:48 PM

    titans take the division

  9. jhart615 says: Oct 10, 2011 5:49 PM

    and i know you cant control injuries…but how long are we going to keep handing the texans the afc south crown when they just keep insisting on giving it up?

  10. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Oct 10, 2011 5:49 PM

    Raider Nation.

  11. iambadkid says: Oct 10, 2011 5:50 PM

    maybe 730 straight games houston will lose they will not win a game in the next 25 years, since they lost to oakland last week

  12. nevermore52 says: Oct 10, 2011 5:50 PM

    The fact that they have to travel to Baltimore to play a Ravens team that just got back like 6 players and is coming off a bye week doesn’t help very much, either. It could be quite ugly.

  13. macker1283 says: Oct 10, 2011 5:52 PM

    Why doesn’t the NFL have a Disabled List type deal so players don’t have to have their seasons ended because they are going to be out a significant amount of time?

  14. mataug says: Oct 10, 2011 5:57 PM

    just when you thought that Peyton’s injury will make life easier for the Texans, their best offensive player is out for a while and the best defensive player is done for the season
    really opens up the division between Jags, Titans & Texans (many division games still left)

  15. steelerhypocrite says: Oct 10, 2011 6:01 PM

    Too bad Houston, this could have been your year, instead your back to missing the playoffs once again.

  16. polishrod says: Oct 10, 2011 6:03 PM

    Perhaps he can sing the ESPN MNF intro now? I hear they are holding auditions

  17. plum13sec says: Oct 10, 2011 6:03 PM

    Ouch, That sucks.

  18. rudegger says: Oct 10, 2011 6:04 PM

    I used to come to this site to get football news before it breaks. Now I know all the details of the story before it is even posted here. It’s too bad because the writing sucks.

  19. thefiesty1 says: Oct 10, 2011 6:04 PM

    Is it me or has there been a LOT more season ending injuries this year? Humm? Maybe the lockout and no conditioning during the spring and summer is just, maybe, these guys are falling off the active rosters. Blame it DeMo Smith.

  20. tatum064 says: Oct 10, 2011 6:21 PM

    I saw the play, didnt even look like anybody hit him. It was a freak play, and LB Brian Cushing got bloodied up pretty good a blocking play. The Raider o-line is playing more physical then in recent years.

  21. thecoltsman says: Oct 10, 2011 6:22 PM

    Ha Ha! All you Texans fans were laughing when manning got hurt, but now look. Be nice to play you all here in Indy for a rematch. The Texans are done and will go 3-13. You got some catching back up to do for the suck for luck contest. Oh wait you guys would just take a injury prone DE with the #1 pick anyways. I’m Giggling like a little school girl right now. Man I’m happier than a two peckered billy goat. Now only if Andre Johnson just would get IR’d , things would be great. I’d rather the titans win the division anyways unless somehow they all get injured too. Then it would be up in the air. Heck it’s only gonna take 5 wins to win the AFC south this year. Colts Comeback?

  22. NoHomeTeam says: Oct 10, 2011 6:23 PM

    Manning’s neck
    Jack Del Rio’s melt-down
    Mario Williams done
    Pete Carroll’s QB assessment abilities

    I’m starting to think that there’s got to be a room in Bud Adams’ house with a pentagram drawn on the floor in goats blood and an ancient book bound in human skin. Guy has clearly gone “all in” by making a deal with the devil to win the AFC South.

  23. brutus9448 says: Oct 10, 2011 6:24 PM

    big loss for houston. I think I need some sort of dictionary to understand what kubiak is talking about though.

  24. skoobyfl says: Oct 10, 2011 6:25 PM

    Wow, there goes the neighborhood.

  25. jamezz23 says: Oct 10, 2011 6:26 PM

    They should have drafted Reggie Bush

  26. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 10, 2011 6:29 PM

    Next man up.

    Your turn, Brooks Reed.

  27. kliplee says: Oct 10, 2011 6:32 PM

    not a texans fan, but this Houston team really picked a bad time to start picking up marquee injuries.

    indianapolis basically paved the road for them

  28. isphet71 says: Oct 10, 2011 6:33 PM

    Ir rules are stupid. They should have a few other options. 8 week IR? Until the playoffs IR? 12 week IR? Anything?

    Especially in a league where injury is so plentiful and rosters are so limited.

  29. whitemike55 says: Oct 10, 2011 6:41 PM

    As a HUGE Mario fan and supporter this one really hurts. As a Texans fan I’v never Mario having as much fun as he was having this year. He had 5 sacks in 4 games and 1 quarters.

    Big loss for the Texans.

    Hopefully we can re-sign Mario and he can finish what he started.

  30. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 10, 2011 6:44 PM

    Sucks for him. Brooks Reed better be ready to step up.

  31. radrntn says: Oct 10, 2011 6:45 PM

    sorry to hear that, wierd play when he got hurt. Could not even tell how he hurt it. Seems like the raiders games are more physical this year under hue. Raiders opponents, and raiders players are getting knocked out in all their games this year.

  32. moelester says: Oct 10, 2011 6:48 PM

    And the Texans annual slide out of playoff contention begins right ……about……. NOW!

  33. ppdoc13 says: Oct 10, 2011 7:13 PM

    @the coltsman – leave it to a Dolts fan to cheer for some other team losing their star player. I have been on this site for years and when the Toasterhead got hurt, I remember very few fans that were “giddy as little girls” about it. Even if your stinking team backed into the playoffs, Peyton’s collar size on his shirt would shrink like it always does and you’d be out after one round as typical.

    What you wrote is exactly what I would expect from a fan of a team owned by Bob The Red Faced Drunk and passed onto Jimmy the Tweet who was born on third base thinking he hit a triple.

    As far as the draft, Mario was a much better choice than Reggie Bush. Injuries are part of the game. Meanwhile, Bill Polians’ last few drafts haven’t been all that good now have they? And then we have his little boy Chris who will take over when Bill leaves whether he deserves to or not. How do you take your nepotism? Cream and sugar?

    Finally, if the good Lord above even cares about this nonsense, the Colts will not get Lucky. You deserve to have a team that has to struggle for awhile. Then we would see just how good a fan base you really have. Here’s betting that once Peyton leaves, you are drawing like Jacksonville. It took until year 3 of Peyton Manning for you miscreants to sell out your stadium. Frankly, you are a bunch of front running bandwagoneers who deserve to have their team move to LA. And given the Irsay’s history, it will only take a couple of years of poor attendance, before Jimmy is looking for the next big payday. He’s just that type of person. And after the tripe that you just wrote, you deserve him.

    And btw – I am not, never have been, and never will be a Houston Texans fan.

  34. 420hippy says: Oct 10, 2011 7:21 PM

    really sucks he was doing well in the 3-4 defense
    i wanna see brooks reed get in a rhythym kinda remind me of clay maybe the hair i dunno good luck texans
    -dallas fan

  35. thetooloftools says: Oct 10, 2011 7:27 PM

    WOW. A punisher like he is will be missed.

  36. thekingdave says: Oct 10, 2011 8:11 PM

    Bunch of experts here. It’s nice to know the Texans season is over, even though worst case scenario they’ll leave Baltimore next week at 3-3, having navigated the most difficult part of their schedule. We still win the division, period.

  37. 23chameleons says: Oct 10, 2011 8:12 PM

    The AFC South is looking the the NFC West. It’s entirely possible an 8-8 record wins the division outright.

  38. rayguyreturns says: Oct 10, 2011 8:16 PM

    Man, tough loss and he’s a great player. Don’t like to see anybody get hurt like that even if they play for the other team.
    Careers are too short in the NFL to lose a season due to injury.

    And to the person who said “should have drafted Reggie Bush”… I don’t think so.

  39. 23chameleons says: Oct 10, 2011 8:21 PM

    @ppdoc13, please prescribe yourself a valium. You’re taking this WAAAAY too seriously (and I AM a Texans fan !).

    Interestingly, of all the “leaders” in the Suck for Luck sweepstakes, only 2 teams desperately need him (Denver & Miami). The rest have drafted, acquired or in some way have their QB for the foreseeable future (St. Louis, Arizona, Carolina, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Jacksonville & Indianapolis).

  40. thecoltsman says: Oct 10, 2011 8:50 PM

    Ha Ha! All you Texans fans were laughing when manning got hurt, but know look. Be nice to play you all here in Indy for a rematch. The Texans are done and will go 3-13. You got some catching back up to do for the suck for luck contest. Oh wait you guys would just take a injury prone DE with the #1 pick anyways. I’m Giggling like a little school girl right now. Man I’m happier than a two peckered billy goat. Now only if Andre Johnson just would get IR’d , things would be great. I’d rather the titans win the division anyways unless somehow they all get injured too. Then it would be up in the air. Heck itr’s only gonna take 5 wins to win the AFC south this year.

  41. mulie63 says: Oct 10, 2011 9:36 PM

    Coltsman,
    What are you cackling about? I don’t know any Texans’ fan laughing about Manning being out. Go ask mommy if you can get back on the computer.

  42. waxedagain says: Oct 10, 2011 9:55 PM

    This is karma payback for Schaub losing his cajunes on that last losing INT – that might have been avoided if he just juked his way into the EZ.

  43. waxedagain says: Oct 10, 2011 9:57 PM

    Coltsman – you shouldn’t attract negative karma for Manning and STFU. Don’t be an idiot Colt fan when you need all the luck in the world.

  44. flux142 says: Oct 10, 2011 10:04 PM

    I’m as big a Texans fan as there is out there, and while this hurts, i definitely don’t think the season’s down the drain. As much a Mario fan as I am, any Texans fan that’s watched any number of games has to admit that Ryans and Cushing are AT LEAST as good as Williams and probably better. Watt, Smith, and Barwin are all having good years. Not saying they won’t miss a beat, but I’d be surprised if there’s a huge difference in the defensive production. All 5 of Williams’ sacks were against single blocks, 2 were against a tight end, and none were against any premier tackles. Hate to say a good player from my favorite team is overrated, but the Texans will be fine. Losing Andre is a much bigger deal, as obviously the offense doesn’t open up the same without him.

  45. 23chameleons says: Oct 10, 2011 10:05 PM

    Manning’s bolt coming loose on his neck screwed my fantasy team. I have as much money and dashed hopes in my fantasy teams as I have in the Texans (always like the underdog but this is ridiculous !).

    I don’t think you have the first clue about how Texans fans are. Having grown up in Philly (the epicenter of classy fans), I can tell you that I’ve never seen anything but respect given to and received from Colts fans who have come to Reliant Stadium to see the annual match up.

    I feel bad for the rest of the Colts nation that you’re representing them in this forum.

    I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul …

  46. bullseyeonyou says: Oct 10, 2011 11:15 PM

    All of you that think that it’s over for the Texans are fooling yourselves. This is a team game and unless you lose your QB in the NFL, you can still win. The Texans schedule is favorable after this Sunday. Texans D played good despite losing Mario, Texans did not lose because of their defense. They didn’t get put in their place like the Titans did, they didn’t lose because they were supposed to like the Jags and the Colts. They lost to a good game plan put in place to stop the run and take advantage of Dre being out. We’ll see what they are made of when the Ravens try that same game plan. Texans should still win 10 games, which should be enough to win this division.

  47. freedomispopular says: Oct 11, 2011 4:07 AM

    Without their two best players, coming off a last-second loss, this is where we see what kind of character these Texans have.

  48. souldogdave says: Oct 11, 2011 6:54 AM

    Seems like playing the Raiders gets people hurt.

  49. dukemarc says: Oct 11, 2011 10:48 AM

    As are the Texans….

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