Kevin Hogan is the new starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, and he appears to have caught somewhat of a break in his 2017 debut. Set to face the venerable Houston Texans defense, Hogan will at least not have to avoid the pressure from two of the team’s most highly-regarded pass-rushers. Defensive end J.J. Watt and linebacker Whitney Mercilus have both been placed on injured reserve, according to Texans coach Bill O’Brien:

#Texans coach Bill O’Brien confirms that JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus are done for the season.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 9, 2017

Watt suffered a leg injury in his team’s Week 5 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs; Mercilus suffered a torn pectoral in the contest and both players’ seasons are now over. In addition, linebacker Jadeveon Clowney did not practice on either Wednesday or Thursday with a knee injury.

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