JJ Watt re-injures back, could miss the rest of the season

Ross Houston
October 12, 2016

NFL Network was the first to report the development.

Some have wondered if Watt's latest setback came because he returned too quickly from surgery in July. Watt injured his back earlier in the season, and had surgery in late July in hopes for making a full season return.

Watt has had his share of injuries that he played through over his career, namely last season when he claimed to have played through five torn core muscles.

O'Brien said Wednesday that filling the hole that Watt's absence leaves in the offense will be a task for all of the players on the defense.

Watt, who hasn't missed a game since his sophomore year of high school (as noted in his message to the fans on Twitter), has been the Defensive Player of the Year in three of the past four seasons, and he's a constant threat to be just the third defensive player in National Football League history to win the MVP trophy.

I haven't missed a game since my sophomore year of high school. With that said, the Texans are expected to re-sign fellow defensive end Antonio Smith to take Watt's spot on the roster, which should provide them a familiar face on the defensive line for some much-needed additional depth.

Following offseason surgery, Watt missed all of training camp and the preseason, but started all three of the Texans' regular-season games so far, recording 1.5 sacks and 8 tackles total.

Houston can do a number of things to try to compensate for the loss of Watt. "We'll see how he does. They should have let him heal better", Lionel Martel said.

Watt is a 4-time Pro-Bowler and has been award the AP's Defensive Player of the Year three times during his career. He has forced six fumbles and recovered two.

Last season alone he led all D-linemen with 17.5 sacks, 50 QB hits, 29 tackles-for-loss and eight passes swatted down.

Bryant missed seven games a year ago after breaking his foot in the opener.

The Texans did get a bit of good news on Wednesday amid dealing with Watt's injury with linebacker Brian Cushing returning to practice for the first time since spraining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee in the season opener. Ryan asked Edelman if he was playing quarterback against the Bills on Sunday, given the Patriots' uncertainty at the position with Tom Brady suspended and his two backups injured.

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