Houston Places Leading Sacker Mario Williams on IR

The Texans placed a couple guys on IR Wednesday, but the biggest name of the bunch was DE Mario Williams, who led the team with 8.5 sacks and 19 hits on the QB this season.

Guard Mike Brisiel and receiver David Anderson joined Williams on on injured reserve. Williams also had 10 tackles for loss, but had been playing with a sports hernia. Because Williams started on the left side and moved to the right side in passing situations, defensive ends Mark Anderson (three sacks) and Tim Jamison will get a lot of playing time.

The Texans are expected to sign veteran defensive end Jarvis Green to take Williams’ spot on the roster.

Brisiel (shoulder) will be replaced at right guard by Antoine Caldwell. Anderson’s loss means rookie receiver Dorin Dickerson might be active for the last three games against Tennessee, Denver and Jacksonville.

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