Texans Place Three on IR

The Houston Texans have placed defensive end Mario Williams, guard Mike Brisiel, and wide receiver David Anderson on season-ending injured reserve, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Williams, the first overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, has been playing despite a sports hernia that has limited effectiveness. The 6-6, 295-pound defensive end from North Carolina State has never missed a game during his five-year NFL career, and was leading the Texans with 8.5 quarterback sacks this season.

During his 77-game career, Williams 230 tackles, 48 quarterback sacks, and 10 forced fumbles. Williams posted double-digit sack totals in 2007 and 2008, and has gone to the Pro Bowl after the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Veteran Mark Anderson, who the Texans signed in October, will likely replace Williams in the starting lineup.

David Anderson and Brisiel have shoulder injuries.

Brisiel (6-5, 298) has started 34 games for the Texans over the last four seasons, primarily at right guard. 2009 third-round pick Antoine Caldwell is his likely replacement. A reserve wideout, Anderson has caught 81 passes for 886 yards and 3 touchdowns in 61 games over the last five seasons.

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