Texans Outside linebacker Mario Williams has made his share of hard hits in his short career. But the play that ended his season Sunday definitely was not one of them. While sacking Raiders Quarterback Jason Campbell, Williams ruptured his pectoral muscle. Methodist Hospital orthopedic surgeon Patrick McCulloch explains.
"The injury we’re talking about is pectoralis major muscle rupture. Athletes often refer to this as a pec rupture. That’s where the muscle and the tendon pull off of the attachment on the arm bone and that can lead to pain, weakness and deformity in the chest wall."
So Williams, the Texans number one draft pick in 2006 is finished for the season — a season in which he hoped to lead the team to its first playoff appearance. The injury will require surgery that will put him out at least six months.
"A surgical repair of the tendon involves making an incision in front of the shoulder and arm bone and going down to the place where that tendon normally attaches and either putting some drill holes in the bone with sutures coming out of them or putting some anchors with sutures in them and sewing that tendon back down to the bone."
At his weekly press conference coach Gary Kubiak shared his thoughts about the William’s injury.
"I feel so bad for Mario, because man, he’s been such a heck of a player and what we’re doing to me is really going to blossom his career you know from now on. I think he was really taking to the position he was playing. He was improving everyday at practice improving every game."
Kubiak was asked what the loss means to his young team that had started off the season so well.
"Obviously, it’s tough on the team. We’re missing a great player. Brooks did come in and played. Played 57 plays and played special teams and played very well."
Despite the tough loss to the Raiders and the loss of star Mario Williams, coach Kubiak believes this team still has what it takes to bounce back and have a successful season.