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Whitney Mercilus

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Texans | Friday injury report

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:14:45 -0800

Houston Texans CB Kareem Jackson (knee) has been ruled out for Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals. LB Max Bullough (hamstring) is questionable, while OT Tyson Clabo (foot), LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), LB Brian Cushing (knee), LB Akeem Dent (neck), RB Jonathan Grimes (ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee), LB Whitney Mercilus (knee), LB Mike Mohamed (hip), CB Darryl Morris (ankle), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee) and LB Justin Tuggle (shoulder) are probable. Jackson did not practice Friday, Nov. 21. Bullough, Clowney, Cushing, Dent and Joseph were limited, while the others practiced in full.

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Texans | Thursday practice report

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:54:24 -0800

Houston Texans CB Kareem Jackson (knee) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 20. LBs Jadeveon Clowney (knee), Brian Cushing (knee) and Akeem Dent (neck) and CB Johnathan Joseph (knee) were limited. OT Tyson Clabo (foot), RB Jonathan Grimes (ankle), LB Whitney Mercilus (knee), LB Mike Mohamed (hip), CB Darryl Morris (ankle), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee) and LB Justin Tuggle (shoulder) participated fully.

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Texans | Wednesday practice report for Week 12

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:46:17 -0800

Houston Texans CB Kareem Jackson (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19. LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), LB Brian Cushing (knee), LB Akeem Dent (neck) and CB Johnathan Joseph (knee) all were limited in practice. OT Tyson Clabo (foot), RB Jonathan Grimes (ankle), LB Whitney Mercilus (knee), LB Mike Mohamed (hip), CB Darryl Morris (ankle), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee) and LB Justin Tuggle (shoulder) all fully practiced.

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Texans | Friday injury report

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:33:28 -0700

Houston Texans LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee) has been ruled out for Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles. LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee, illness), LB Brian Cushing (knee) and CB Darryl Morris (ankle) are questionable, while RB Alfred Blue (ankle), DE Tim Jamison (groin), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee), LB Whitney Mercilus (shoulder), LB Brooks Reed (groin), CB Jumal Rolle (wrist) and LB John Simon (ankle) are probable. Tarpinian, Clowney and Morris didn't practice Friday, Oct. 31. Cushing, Blue, Joseph, Reed and Simon were limited, while the others practiced in full.

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Texans | Thursday practice report

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:07:57 -0700

Houston Texans LBs Brian Cushing (knee), Brooks Reed (groin) and Jeff Tarpinian (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 30. RB Alfred Blue (ankle), LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee), CB Darryl Morris (ankle) and LB John Simon (ankle) were limited. DE Tim Jamison (groin), LB Whitney Mercilus (shoulder) and CB Jumal Rolle (wrist) practiced fully.

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Texans | Wednesday practice report

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:25:33 -0700

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), LB Brian Cushing (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee), LB Brooks Reed (groin) and LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. RB Alfred Blue (ankle), CB Darryl Morris (ankle) and LB John Simon (ankle) were limited, while DE Tim Jamison (groin) and LB Whitney Mercilus (shoulder) practiced in full.

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Texans | Jadeveon Clowney could miss a month

Sun, 07 Sep 2014 16:52:27 -0700

Updating a previous report, Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) has a torn lateral meniscus and he might miss four to six weeks as a result of the Week 1 injury. LB Whitney Mercilus will move into the starting lineup in his absence.

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Texans | Whitney Mercilus becoming more versatile

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:59:10 -0700

Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus has been working on dropping back in coverage this offseason, and he said he is excited about his role in defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's scheme. "More drops into coverage instead of solely rushing, rushing, rushing," Mercilus said. "So now, (I am) understanding concepts and formations of the offense and being able to drop back into coverage, understanding what are my keys, what am I reading for, and reacting between pass and run, especially when I do have to drop back into coverage."

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Texans | Defense to consist of moving parts

Wed, 28 May 2014 09:45:55 -0700

Houston Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel plans to be flexible with his defense and move guys around to create different looks for the opponent this year in his 3-4 defense. "You have to be flexible and be able to adapt to what your players can do, and you have to be able to adapt to what your opponent's doing," Crennel said. "It changes all the time." DE J.J. Watt could line up in a three-point stance or he might stand up. LB Jadeveon Clowney can stand in the base defense and drop in passing situations. LB Brooks Reed can play inside and outside and LB Whitney Mercilus can switch sides.

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Texans | Whitney Mercilus could move to DE

Wed, 01 Jan 2014 13:13:07 -0800

Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus could move the defensive end if the team moves to a 4-3 defensive alignment.

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Texans | Wednesday injury report for Week 14

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:55:29 -0800

Houston Texans CB Kareem Jackson (ribs), CB Johnathan Joseph (groin), LB Joe Mays (knee), LB Whitney Mercilus (hip), LB Mike Mohamed (hamstring), C Chris Myers (elbow), LB Darryl Sharpton (knee), G Wade Smith (knee) and LB Jeff Tarpinian (groin) all were limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4, and are probable for Week 14. S Shiloh Keo (neck), CB Brice McCain (hamstring), T Derek Newton (knee), DE Antonio D. Smith (non-injury), S Jawanza Starling (hamstring) and S D.J. Swearinger (foot) all fully practiced and are probable. RB Greg Jones (knee) was limited in practice and is questionable.

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Texans | Tuesday practice report for Week 14

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:27:38 -0800

Houston Texans DE Antonio D. Smith (non-injury) did not practice Tuesday, Dec. 3. CB Kareem Jackson (ribs), RB Greg Jones (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (groin), LB Joe Mays (knee), LB Whitney Mercilus (hip), LB Mike Mohamed (hamstring), C Chris Myers (elbow), LB Darryl Sharpton (knee), OG Wade Smith (knee) and LB Jeff Tarpinian (groin) were limited. S Shiloh Keo (neck), CB Brice McCain (hamstring), OT Derek Newton (knee), S Jawanza Starling (hamstring) and S D.J. Swearinger (foot) practiced in full.

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Texans | Monday practice report for Week 14

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:45:47 -0800

Houston Texans FB Greg Jones (knee), OG Wade Smith (knee), LB Joe Mays (knee), LB Darryl Sharpton (knee) and CB Johnathan Joseph (groin) did not participate in practice Monday, Dec. 2. C Chris Myers (elbow), LB Whitney Mercilus (hip), LB Mike Mohamed (hamstring), LB Jeff Tarpinian (groin) and CB Kareem Jackson (ribs) were limited during practice. OT Derek Newton (knee), CB Brice McCain (hamstring), FS D.J. Swearinger (foot), SS Shiloh Keo (neck) and SS Jawanza Starling (hamstring) fully participated in practice. The Texans did not practice Monday and this is an estimation.

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Texans | Whitney Mercilus fined

Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:46:58 -0700

Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus was fined $15,000 for his unnecessary roughness hit on Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco in Week 3.

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Texans | Nine players listed as probable

Sat, 07 Sep 2013 15:42:36 -0700

Houston Texans TE Garrett Graham (hip), OG Wade Smith (knee), LB Brian Cushing (knee), LB Whitney Mercilus (hamstring), LB Sam Montgomery (Achiilles'), LB Brooks Reed (back), CB CB A.J. Bouye (knee), CB Brice McCain (knee) and SS Eddie Pleasant (knee) fully participated in practice Saturday, Sept. 7, and are listed as probable for Week 1.

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Texans | 10 players fully practice

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:13:52 -0700

Houston Texans WR DeVier Posey (Achilles'), TE Garrett Graham (hip), OG Wade Smith (knee), LB Brian Cushing (knee), LB Whitney Mercilus (hamstring), LB Sam Montgomery (Achilles'), LB Brooks Reed (back), CB A.J. Bouye (knee), CB Brice McCain (knee) and SS Eddie Pleasant (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 6.

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Texans | Nine players fully practice

Thu, 05 Sep 2013 17:13:55 -0700

Houston Texans WR DeVier Posey (Achilles'), TE Garrett Graham (hip), LB Brian Cushing (knee), LB Whitney Mercilus (hamstring), LB Sam Montgomery (Achilles'), LB Brooks Reed (back), CB A.J. Bouye (knee), CB Brice McCain (knee) and SS Eddie Pleasant (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 5.

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Texans | Whitney Mercilus back at practice

Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:42:56 -0700

Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus (hamstring) returned to the practice field Friday, Aug. 30.

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Texans | Whitney Mercilus close to returning

Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:06:52 -0700

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said LB Whitney Mercilus (hamstring) is close to returning from the hamstring injury he suffered early in training camp.

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Texans | Looking for Whitney Mercilus to have bigger impact

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:15:23 -0700

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said the team expects LB Whitney Mercilus to have a bigger impact on defense this season. "Whitney is poised to have a really impactful year," Smith said. "He's very talented. When he has his opportunities, he's shown he's capable of producing. ... If you look at his production, relative to how much he played, he produced a very high level."

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Texans | Whitney Mercilus sheds weight

Fri, 24 May 2013 18:25:49 -0700

Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus checked in at 252 pounds for organized team activities (OTAs), down from 257 pounds of a season ago.

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Texans | Whitney Mercilus expected to start

Sun, 17 Mar 2013 11:50:05 -0700

Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus is expected to start at outside linebacker next season because LB Connor Barwin signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Texans | Whitney Mercilus might start

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:37:39 -0800

Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus might move into the starting lineup in 2013 in the team isn't able to re-sign impending free-agent LB Connor Barwin.

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Texans | 16 probable

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:05:20 -0800

Houston Texans DT Shaun Cody (ribs, back), LB Tim Dobbins (shoulder), P Donnie Jones (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (groin), DE Antonio D. Smith (ankle), OG Wade Smith (knee, ribs), DE Jared Crick (neck), RB Justin Forsett (knee), TE Garrett Graham (concussion), LB Bradie James (knee), WR Lestar Jean (knee, back), LB Whitney Mercilus (knee), DT Earl Mitchell (shoulder), LB Jesse Nading (foot), RB Ben Tate (hamstring, foot) and QB T.J. Yates (elbow) are probable for Week 15. Cody, Dobbins, Jones, Joseph, and both of the Smiths were limited in practice Friday, Dec. 14, while the others practiced in full.

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Texans | 10 practice in full

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:43:42 -0800

Houston Texans DE Jared Crick (neck), RB Justin Forsett (knee), TE Garrett Graham (concussion), LB Bradie James (knee), WR Lestar Jean (knee, back), LB Whitney Mercilus (knee), DT Earl Mitchell (shoulder), LB Jesse Nading (foot), RB Ben Tate (hamstring, foot) and QB T.J. Yates (elbow) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 13.

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Texans | Nine practice in full

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:18:09 -0800

Houston Texans DE Jared Crick (neck), RB Justin Forsett (knee), TE Garrett Graham (concussion), LB Bradie James (knee), WR Lestar Jean (knee, back), LB Whitney Mercilus (knee), DT Earl Mitchell (shoulder), LB Jesse Nading (foot) and QB T.J. Yates (elbow) practiced in full Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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Texans | Nine practice in full

Sat, 08 Dec 2012 17:54:07 -0800

Houston Texans OT Duane Brown (back), OG Antoine Caldwell (hamstring), DE Jared Crick (neck), LB Bradie James (hamstring), WR Lestar Jean (knee), LB Whitney Mercilus (hip), LB Jesse Nading (foot), WR DeVier Posey (hamstring, knee) and QB T.J. Yates (elbow) were each able to practice in full Saturday, Dec. 8, and all are listed as probable for the Week 14 game against the New England Patriots Monday, Dec. 10.

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Texans | Eight players fully practice

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 13:59:27 -0800

Houston Texans QB T.J. Yates (elbow), RB Ben Tate (hamstring), WR Lestar Jean (knee), WR DeVier Posey (hamstring, knee), OG Antoine Caldwell (hamstring), DE Jared Crick (neck), LB Whitney Mercilus (hip) and LB Jesse Nading (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 7.

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Texans | Seven players fully practice

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:48:03 -0800

Houston Texans QB T.J. Yates (elbow), RB Ben Tate (hamstring), WR Lestar Jean (knee), WR DeVier Posey (hamstring, knee), DE Jared Crick (neck), LB Whitney Mercilus (hip) and LB Jesse Nading (foot) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Texans | Whitney Mercilus impressing

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 15:53:55 -0800

Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus has three sacks and two forced fumbles in his last two games and is third on the team in sacks behind DLs J.J. Watt (10.5) and Antonio D. Smith (four). "Whitney's earned more (playing) time," defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said, "so we're going to play him more. If a guy's playing good, we've got to keep him in there."

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Texans | Whitney Mercilus records first NFL sack

Sun, 21 Oct 2012 18:25:27 -0700

Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus, the team's first-round pick in April, recorded his first NFL sack in the Week 7 game against the Baltimore Ravens. He said it was the "first of many," and added that the is slowing down for his "dramatically."

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Texans | Whitney Mercilus seeing extra reps

Sun, 29 Jul 2012 17:10:38 -0700

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said Sunday, July 29, he is excited to see LB Whitney Mercilus in the team's first padded practice scheduled for Monday, July 30. Mercilus has been getting extra reps with LB Connor Barwin sitting out of the indoor portions of practice in training camp. "He's got the speed and all those things that we know he has. Now, we'll see his competitive nature," Kubiak said.

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Texans | Whitney Mercilus contract update

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 06:18:56 -0700

Updating a previous item, Houston Texans first-round draft pick LB Whitney Mercilus signed a four-year, $7.634 million contract with a team option for a fifth year. The contract includes a signing bonus of $3.99 million and $6.55 million in total guaranteed money.

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Texans | Whitney Mercilus agrees to terms

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 22:33:36 -0700

The Houston Texans agreed to terms with first-round draft pick LB Whitney Mercilus Wednesday, June 13. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

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Texans | Whitney Mercilus impressing

Sat, 26 May 2012 05:38:00 -0700

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said he likes what he has seen this offseason from LB Whitney Mercilus. Mercilus has been lining up at outside linebacker with the second unit. "He's looked very good," Kubiak said. "(Linebackers coach) Reggie (Herring) catches guys up very quick. He's a hell of a coach. (Mercilus) is moving around very good, and he's going to be a great addition to our team."

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Texans | Whitney Mercilus discusses role

Sat, 12 May 2012 08:28:40 -0700

Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus said the plan for him in his rookie year is to "basically, rush the passer." He'll also learn to drop back into coverage and focus on improving his overall technique. "I feel that will make me an every-down player, so that my career will be long with the Texans ... because technique is everything," Mercilus said.

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Texans | Whitney Mercilus to wear No. 59

Thu, 03 May 2012 06:11:37 -0700

Houston Texans first-round draft pick LB Whitney Mercilus will wear jersey No. 59.

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Texans | Whitney Mercilus missing part of index finger

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 21:52:18 -0700

Houston Texas DL Whitney Mercilus, drafted 26th overall in the NFL Draft Thursday, April 26, is missing the tip of the index finger on his left hand. Mercilus suffered the injury in a weightlifting accident at the University of Illinois in 2011.

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Texans | Whitney Mercilus selected 26th overall

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 19:40:19 -0700

The Houston Texans selected Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus with the 26th overall selection in the NFL Draft.

Fantasy Tip: At 6-foot-3, 261 pounds, Mercilus will be asked to move to outside linebacker for the Texans. more »

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NFL | Defensive end bust candidates revealed

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 12:48:35 -0700

Twenty NFL Draft evaluators named North Carolina DE Quinton Coples as the most likely defensive end bust in this year's draft class. "His interviews are so delusional in terms of him thinking he's one way and everybody else saying that he's another," one personnel man said. "If he doesn't have it in him, people will be waiting for something that's not going to happen." Coples led with 5 1/2 votes, while Memphis DT Dontari Poe and Penn State DT Devon Still each received 3 1/2 votes. "Love Poe's ability," one scout said. "Don't like the way he plays. Pretty good kid. Quiet. Humble. Country. Pretty well-spoken. But he doesn't know what he doesn't know. If you tell him that he doesn't play hard, he's like,'Really?'" West Virginia DE Bruce Irvin received three votes, Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy received 2 1/2 votes and Louisiana State DT Michael Brockers and Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus received one each.

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Bears | Worked out Whitney Mercilus

Fri, 13 Apr 2012 13:32:41 -0700

The Chicago Bears conducted a private workout with University of Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus last month. Head coach Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli were in attendance for the workout.

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Lions | Met with Whitney Mercilus

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:26:26 -0700

The Detroit Lions met with University of Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus Monday, April 9.

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Browns | Hosting many top prospects this week

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 10:09:10 -0700

The Cleveland Browns will be hosting Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden, Alabama RB Trent Richardson, Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill and Louisiana State CB Morris Claiborne this week. Also scheduled to visit are Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus, Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins and Virginia Tech RB David Wilson.

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Browns | Whitney Mercilus to visit

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 12:55:52 -0700

The Cleveland Browns are scheduled to meet with University of Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus Sunday, April 1.

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NFL | Whitney Mercilus takes part in Pro Day

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 12:21:57 -0800

University of Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus measured 6-foot-3 7/8, 258 pounds at his Pro Day Tuesday, March 6. He ran the short shuttle in 4.38 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.03 seconds. He show during the workout that he could play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive alignment because he did well in space and was able to cover receivers.

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NFL | Whitney Mercilus receiving interest

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:45:26 -0800

University of Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus said he received interest from the Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills are the NFL Scouting Combine.

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NFL | Top-10 broad jump results for D-lineman

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 10:35:00 -0800

Pittsburgh DL Brandon Lindsey posted the best broad jump out of defensive lineman at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine with a jump of 9-foot-4. Those that followed included Illinois DL Whitney Mercilus (9-foot-10), Boise State DL Shea McClellin (9-foot-10), Troy DL Jonathan Massaquoi (10 feet), Syracuse DL Chandler Jones (10 feet), Clemson DL Andre Branch (10 feet), Miami DL Olivier Vernon (10-foot-2), West Virginia DL Bruce Irvin (10-foot-3), Rice DL Scott Solomon (10-foot-4) and Southern California DL Nick Perry (10-foot-4).

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NFL | Whitney Mercilus posts official 40 time

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:45:56 -0800

Updating a previous report, University of Illinois DL Whitney Mercilus officially ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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NFL | Whitney Mercilus runs the 40 at combine

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 08:56:07 -0800

Illinois DL Whitney Mercilus posted an unofficial time of 4.63 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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NFL | Whitney Mercilus wants to run fast 40 time

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 05:59:50 -0800

Illinois DL Whitney Mercilus said he hopes to run a time of 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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