Mario Williams headed to injured reserve

Houston Texans star outside linebacker Mario Williams will be placed on injured reserve due to a torn pectoral muscle that will require surgery. Williams tore his chest muscle against the Oakland Raiders. He'll be replaced by rookie Brooks Reed. "He's done for the season," coach Gary Kubiak said today.

"I feel so bad for Mario because he's been such a heck of a player and what we're doing to me is really going to blossom his career from now on. I think he'd really taken to the position he's playing. He was improving every day at practice, improving in every game and really enjoying. I've never seen him so upbeat about what was going on and then to lose him on a freak play, it doesn't look like much at all. I'm disappointed for Mario. Obviously it's tough on the team. We're missing a great player.

"Brooks did come in, played 50-something plays and played special teams and played very well. We played good defense all day yesterday. We really did. They gave us a great opportunity to win the game and Brooks was a big part of that. So now, it's a great opportunity for him in his young career to step up and be a starter."

Meanwhile, fullback James Casey has a strained pectoral and is regarded as day-to-day.

Quarterback Matt Schaub has a sore shoulder and a thigh bruise. Offensive guard Mike Brisiel has an ankle and knee injury, but it isn't regarded as serious. Wide receiver Andre Johnson is expected to miss this week's game against the Baltimore Ravens with a hamstring tear.

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