Texans Also Placing LBs Whitney Mercilus & Dylan Cole On COVID-19 List


According to Aaron Wilson, the Texans are also placing LBs Whitney Mercilus and Dylan Cole on the COVID-19 list following contact tracing. 

Dylan Cole

Those two along with OLB Jacob Martin will be out this week against the Jaguars, as they need to wait five days to clear as high-risk contacts of Martin, who tested positive today. 

This leaves Houston rather shorthanded at linebacker this week. 

Mercilus, 30, is a former first-round pick of the Texans back in 2012. He was in the final year of his five-year, $27.431 million contract that included $10.8 million guaranteed in 2019 when he signed a four-year, $54 million extension.

In 2020, Mercilus has appeared in seven games for the Texans and recorded 14 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery. 

Cole, 26, signed on with the Texans as an undrafted free agent out of Missouri State back in 2017. He played out the final year of a three-year, $1.66 million contract and made a base salary of $645,000 the 2019 season.

Cole re-signed with Houston as a restricted free agent for the 2020 season.

In 2020, Cole has appeared in six games for the Texans and recorded five total tackles.

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