Texans’ outside linebacker Mario Williams left Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders with an injured pectoral muscle.
A report early Monday confirmed SI.com’s Peter King report on Football Night in America Sunday night: The Texans will be without Mario Williams for the season.
The injury occurred with about five minutes left in the first quarter of Houston’s 25-20 loss, when Williams sacked Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell.
Williams was then taken to the locker room and did not return. Williams, the number one pick in the 2006 draft, made the move from defensive end to outside linebacker in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme, and has led the Texans with five sacks. In fact, the 6-foot-6 285 pound linebacker has led the Texans in sacks in each of his five seasons.
Houston is already minus star wide receiver Andre Johnson, who sat out Sunday’s game with a right hamstring injury.
Brooks Reed, Houston’s second-round draft pick from this year’s draft, will likely fill-in for Williams during his absence. Reed had four tackles in Sunday’s game.