Mario Williams will face Texans in 2012

Circle the date when it becomes available. New Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams will return to Houston to face the Texans next season.

The NFL will release its schedule later this spring, and this will be one of the more interesting storylines in 2012.

Williams was drafted by Houston with the top overall pick in 2006. He recorded 53 sacks over six seasons, but was too expensive for the Texans to keep. The Bills signed Williams to a six-year, $100 million deal with $50 million guaranteed, setting up his return to Houston.

The Texans are Super Bowl contenders without Williams, and the Bills are now viewed as an up-and-coming team that is serious about winning. Is that enough to put this game on prime time? That remains to be seen.

But rest assured Williams will be very excited for his return trip to Reliant Stadium next season.