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J.J. Watt | Defensive Lineman | #99

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 289
College: Wisconsin
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (11) / HOU
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Texans placed DE J.J. Watt (back surgery) on the active/PUP list.
After his July 20 back surgery, Watt isn't going to participate at all in training camp or preseason. A setback could send him to reserve/PUP, though we're nowhere near that point yet. Multiple reports have indicated Watt is in danger of missing the start of the season. He also had groin surgery earlier in the offseason. Jul 25 - 3:58 PM

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NFL.com's Mike Garafolo reports J.J. Watt's (back surgery) recovery could take up to 10 weeks.

Watt underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc on Wednesday. As is often the case with injury timelines, Watt's has gone from overly optimistic to more concerning in only a matter of hours. Houston's Week 3 Thursday night game is just nine weeks from today. Watt is now a serious candidate to miss the entire first month of the season, with the reserve/PUP list perhaps even an outside possibility. That would be the worst-case scenario.
Jul 21 - 11:58 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports J.J. Watt's back surgery occurred Wednesday, and comes with a 6-8 week recovery timeline.

In other words, he's questionable for Week 1. Initial reports had the Texans "hoping" he would be ready for the opener. It's certainly still possible, but a multi-game absence can't yet be ruled out. Watt obviously won't suit up for the preseason. His timetable should clarify as camp progresses.
Jul 21 - 9:57 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports J.J. Watt is recovering from back surgery, but will be ready for Week 1.

Watt will begin camp on the active/PUP list, and is probably doubtful for the preseason. It caps an injury-marred offseason for Watt, who barely practiced as he recovered from "core" surgery on both sides of his body. Despite the sunny outlook, back surgery should never be taken lightly. Watt has earned his reputation as one of the toughest players in the league, but Week 1 shouldn't be considered a guarantee until we get a little deeper into camp.
Jul 21 - 9:07 PM

J.J. Watt (groin, core) returned to practice on Monday.

He missed last month's OTAs while recovering from a pair of offseason surgeries. The 27-year-old led the NFL in sacks in 2015. Watt, who has never missed a game, has earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in three of his last four seasons. His availability for training camp was never in doubt.
Jun 6 - 2:00 PM

J.J. Watt (groin surgery) said he expects to be back practicing "soon."

"I feel really good," Watt said. "As soon as I'm allowed, I'll be out there." The Texans may ease Watt through the offseason program, but he should be 100 percent for training camp.
May 31 - 3:53 PM

J.J. Watt (groin surgery) is working out on the side at OTAs.

The Texans are just taking things easy with their franchise player. Watt is believed to be close to 100 percent. He will start raging once camp rolls around.
May 23 - 3:16 PM

J.J. Watt said he has "no idea" when he will retire.

"I’m not saying it’s not going to be two, three, four years," Watt said. "But I’m also not saying it’s going to be nine, 10, 11 years. I literally do not know the answer." Watt caused a firestorm earlier this month by suggesting he could be nearing retirement after battling through an injury-riddled season, but he is only 27 and is still the best defensive player in the league. Watt will continue to terrorize opposing quarterbacks for the foreseeable future.
Source: MMQB
Apr 18 - 8:27 AM

J.J. Watt said Wednesday that he'll only play in the NFL for as long as he's one of the best players in the game.

Watt said he won't be one of those players that tries to hang on as long as possible, whether it's chasing a ring or a paycheck. He just turned 27 last month and is coming off major abdominal surgery after tearing five core muscles during an injury-riddled 2015 season, though he still didn't miss a game. Watt is five years into his career and has won three Defensive Player of the Year awards, but he may be closer to the end than the beginning.
Apr 6 - 9:29 AM

ESPN's Tania Ganguli reports J.J. Watt had "five partially or fully torn muscles in his core area" by the end of last season, and required surgery on "both sides of his body."

It was a painful year for Watt, who also broke his hand and played through a herniated disk in his back as he nevertheless again won Defensive Player of the Year honors. The indestructible defensive lineman turned 27 earlier this month.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 31 - 2:39 PM

J.J. Watt said he is doing "pretty darn well" in his recovery from groin surgery.

Watt dealt with several injuries throughout last season, but he is nearing full health. "I am back to my full workouts, I’m back to everything," Watt said. "So now it’s just building back to what I was and going above and beyond that, which I will be at by the first game of the season." Despite the injuries, Watt led the league with 17.5 sacks and won the Defensive Player of the Year award for the third time in the last four seasons.
Source: CBS Houston
Mar 31 - 9:30 AM

J.J. Watt (sports hernia) says he has resumed full training.

Watt is barely a month removed from sports-hernia surgery. It appears his rehab from the procedure is going well, and he should be good to go for the offseason program. Watt won his third Defensive Player of the Year honor in 2015.
Feb 23 - 9:46 AM

Associated Press named Texans LE J.J. Watt its 2015 Defensive Player of the Year.

It’s the third time in four seasons Watt has won DPOY. In 2015, Watt led the league with 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss, and finished as Pro Football Focus' highest graded 3-4 end. He received 37 votes, followed by Rams DT Aaron Donald (7), Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (4) and Panthers CB Josh Norman (2). Watt joins Giants LB Lawrence Taylor as the NFL's only three-time DPOY winners.
Feb 6 - 9:02 PM

Roger Goodell announced the Texans will play the Raiders on Monday Night Football November 21 in Mexico City.

The NFL hasn't had a regular season game in Mexico since 2005 when the Cardinals defeated the 49ers in front of 103,467 fans at Azteca Stadium. Like all Monday night games, Texans/Raiders will be broadcast on ESPN. The NFL will have four international games this year: one in Mexico and three in London.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 3:19 PM

J.J. Watt underwent sports-hernia surgery on Tuesday.

We already knew Watt was undergoing a groin operation, but now we know the details. It's a standard procedure with a standard recovery time. It's quite possible Watt will be a full participant in the Texans' offseason program. Watt finds out on February 6 if he's won his third Defensive Player of the Year award in four years.
Jan 12 - 3:45 PM

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