With the recent news linebacker Brian Cushing has returned to practice, the Houston Texans are still dealing with a number of injuries at the linebacker position. According to ultimatetexans.com, starting outside linebackers Brooks Reed (knee) and Whitney Mercilius (hamstring) sat out Monday's practice due to injury.
Coach Gary Kubiak stated he is concerned about the depth at linebacker with all the injuries they've sustained at the position. "We've got 15 linebackers, and I think only seven are practicing."
The news of Reed and Mercilius comes on the coattails of the absence of rookie third-round pick, Sam Montgomery. The rookie linebacker was placed on the non-injury football list, and has been a disappointment so far in camp. He showed up to camp out of shape and sprained his ankle during the first practice.
Coach has seemed frustrated with the situations with his rookie linebacker. "He's just behind. It's going to take some time, and we're trying to work him through the soreness of his ankle sprain. Obviously, he's not going to be a part of what we're doing this week."
Both Mercilius and Montgomery are unlikely to play in Friday's preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings, but it appears Reed returned to camp on Wednesday and should play Friday night.
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