Sep 20, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) rolls out of the pocket with the ball as Houston Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) applies defensive pressure during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texans LB Mercilus placed on reserve/COVID-19 list

The Houston Texans placed linebacker Whitney Mercilus on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday and ruled out running back Duke Johnson for this weekend’s game against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals.

Mercilus, 30, is not eligible to play in Sunday’s game. He has recorded 21 tackles and four sacks in 13 games (12 starts) this season.

Johnson, who also sat out Houston’s 27-20 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday, did not participate in practice all week while nursing a neck injury.

David Johnson likely will handle the majority of the rushing duties on Sunday for the Texans (4-10). He led the team with eight carries and 27 yards versus the Colts.

Cornerback Phillip Gaines was a limited participant all week with a knee injury. He is listed as questionable to face the Bengals (3-10-1).

–Field Level Media

Dec 6, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman (11) makes a reception as Houston Texans cornerback Phillip Gaines (29) attempts to make a tackle during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texans CB Gaines, three others ruled out vs. Colts

Cornerback Phillip Gaines was one of four Houston Texans players ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced.

In addition to Gaines (knee), the Texans declared Saturday that running backs Duke Johnson (neck), RB C.J. Prosise (ankle) and CB John Reid (neck) will not travel with the team to Indianapolis.

Gaines, 29, will miss his second straight game with the injury. He also sat out Houston’s 36-7 loss to Chicago on Sunday.

Gaines has recorded 24 tackles in 12 games this season for the Texans (4-9).

Johnson, 27, has rushed 77 times for 235 yards with one touchdown in 11 games in 2020.

Prosise, 26, has 10 carries for 19 yards in 10 games this season.

Reid, 24, has nine tackles in 11 games this season.

–Field Level Media