O’Brien: JJ Watt, Whitney Mercilus out for rest of season

HOUSTON — Bill O'Brien confirmed Monday morning that defensive end JJ Watt and linebacker Whitney Mercilus will be out for the remainder of the season.

"Obviously, we feel terrible for them," O'Brien said during a press conference. "To have their seasons cut short due to injury, it's tough."

Watt and Mercilus were both injured Sunday night as the team went against the Kansas City Chiefs. Mercilus is recovering from a torn pectoral muscle, according to NFL.com. Meanwhile, Watt is out with a fractured tibial plateau in his left leg.

Watt was visibly in immense pain as officials carried him off the field and then rushed the three-time Defensive Player of the Year to an ambulance.

Watt tweeted the following morning, apologizing to Texans fans.

With Watt and Mercilus out, the team is down two of its top three pass rushers.