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Texans' Whitney Mercilus releases statement to fans after surgery

Whitney Mercilus #59 of the Houston Texans reacts after a play in the first half against the New England Patriots during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Getty Images)

HOUSTON – Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus successfully underwent surgery to repair his torn pectoral muscle.

He was injured in the first quarter of the Texans 42-34 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football.

Mercilus released a statement to KPRC2 to thank fans for their support:

"I am grateful to all of the fans for their outpouring of love, support and continuous prayers. Your kind words of inspiration and hope are appreciated and have not gone unnoticed. Although, I would rather be on the field with my teammates, I am excited to watch the younger guys step up and make big plays. Know that I am encouraged and doing well! I am embracing the journey ahead, resting, and following the doctor’s orders; allowing my body to heal. I am looking forward to a full healthy recovery; coming back better and stronger than ever. This is just a minor setback, however, it is another opportunity for me to give God all of the praise, glory and honor!"

We wish you well, Whitney!

We're with you, Whitney Mercilus! Latest on his condition: http://bit.ly/2wIhSV8?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_KPRC2_/_Click2Houston

Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Monday, October 9, 2017

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