Mario Williams' Injury Will Be Season-Ending, According To Report

Bad news in Houston: Mario Williams suffered a torn pectoral muscle that will sideline him for the rest of the season, according to a report.

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Mario Williams Injury: Texans LB Out For Entire 2011 Season, According To Report

The Houston Texans are shutting down Mario Williams for the season, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. It was reported on Monday morning that Williams suffered a torn pectoral muscle and his 2011 season was in jeopardy. It appears his season will end.

Williams suffered the injury sacking Jason Campbell in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. He left the game and never returned.

Williams' loss is a significant one for Houston, who has been dealing with injuries to star players like Arian Foster and Andre Johnson this season. He was the team's leading pass rusher with five sacks and looked solid in his transition to outside linebacker from defensive end.

McClain reports Williams will have surgery this week. 

As SB Nation's Battle Red Blog points out, the training wheels will come off Brooks Reed now that Williams is done for the year. 

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NFL Week 5 Injury Report: Mario Williams Might Miss Time; Chargers' Backfield Banged Up

SB Nation's Medical Expert updates all the significant NFL Week 5 injuries, which includes Mario Williams, who may join Andre Johnson on the Texans' inactives.

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Mario Williams Injury: Torn Pectoral Muscle Has Texans LB Out 'Indefinitely'

It's been a tough season for the Houston Texans and injuries despite their 3-2 start to the season. First, they lost Arian Foster early in the year due to a hamstring injury. Second, Andre Johnson is out multiple weeks after suffering an injury. 

The latest injury, this time to Mario Williams, could be more significant. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Williams, who left Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders, suffered a torn pectoral muscle that will sideline him indefinitely and could threaten his entire season.

What a blow for the Texans. Williams, who moved to linebacker in the Texans new 3-4 defensive scheme, leads the team in sacks. He was hurt when he sacked Oakland Raiders QB Jason Campbell and it immediately wasn't clear what was wrong with him. But the team later announced that he had a pectoral muscle and would miss the rest of the game.

If the latest report is accurate, Williams could miss a lot more time than that.

Check out SB Nation's Battle Red Blog where they're dissecting the Texans' Week 5 loss to the Raiders.

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Mario Williams Injury: Out With Pectoral Injury

Houston Texans outside linebacker Mario Williams will not return to his team’s game against the Oakland Raiders today. According to the team, Williams has a pectoral injury and is done for the day.

Texans OLB Mario Williams done for the day with a pectoral injury.
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Williams left the game in the first quarter after sacking Raiders’ quarterback Jason Campbell. At the time, there was some speculation, based on how that play unfolded, that Williams hit his finger on Campbell’s helmet. He was taken to the Houston locker room.

Williams’ sack on Campbell was his fifth of the season. The one-time first-overall pick in the NFL draft has been an essential part of the resurgent Houston Texans. He leads the defense in sacks this season.

Pectoral injuries can be a tricky matter for players, especially defenders who make their living taking opposing players downs.

Williams’ injury could not have come at a worse time for Houston. They are already shorthanded on offense with wide receive Andre Johnson out for three weeks.

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Mario Williams: Texans OLB Heads To Locker Room

Houston Texans outside linebacker and sack specialist Mario Williams left his team’s game against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter with an undisclosed injury. Williams walked to the locker room just fine. Speculation is that he may have hit his finger on Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell’s helmet on a sack.

Mario Williams went to the dressing room. It looked like he hit his finger on a helmet when he got his sack.
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Williams has been an important part of Houston’s success so far this season. Through four games prior to today’s, he already has four sacks on the season. Many wondered about Williams’ ability to transition into the 3-4 defense run by new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. So far, he has made that transition with no problem.

His sack on Campbell was his fifth of season. No updates pertaining to his status have been supplied by the Texans as of yet. Keep an eye on this situation as the Raiders have already made it a one point game with an early second quarter field goal.

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