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J.J. Watt | Defensive Lineman | #99

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 295
College: Wisconsin
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (11) / HOU
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Texans placed DE J.J. Watt on injured reserve with a back injury.
The Texans are still trying to figure out the exact nature of Watt's latest back issue, but it's believed to be a herniated disk. It's the same injury he had surgery for in the offseason. Most believe he will miss the remainder of the season and won't be ready in time to be the Texans' designated-for-return player. It's a massive loss. Devon Still and Antonio Smith are Watt's backups. Sep 28 - 9:26 AM

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports J.J. Watt re-injured his surgically-repaired back and will be out "an extended period of time," possibly the rest of the season.

He's expected to be placed on injured reserve Wednesday. Watt had back surgery over the offseason, but made it back in time for Week 1 when some thought he'd miss 2-3 games. It's fair to wonder if he pushed himself too hard to get back and did more harm than good. Either way, this is a massive loss for the Texans as a team. Easily the most dominant defensive player in the game, Houston will now have to turn to some replacement-level player. Back injuries are never good, and Watt turned 27 last spring. He even started talking about retirement back in April.
Sep 27 - 8:58 PM

J.J. Watt (back) was limited at Thursday's practice.

It's a downgrade from Wednesday when Watt was a full participant. It's worth monitoring but ultimately shouldn't affect his status for Week 2. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year played 49-of-57 defensive snaps in last week's opener.
Sep 15 - 3:59 PM

J.J. Watt (back) is not expected to be on a snap count.

Watt returned to a full practice Friday and was not given an injury designation. Coach Bill O'Brien said they will see how he feels as the game goes on, but Watt has already said he wants to play every snap. He will not see much time on the sidelines Sunday.
Sep 10 - 10:51 AM

J.J. Watt (back) said he wants to play every snap in the season opener.

Watt was limited in Wednesday's practice after missing all of camp, but he thinks he is ready to be a full-time player. "I can do anything and everything I'm asked," Watt said. "I'm sure they're going to try to put some limitations on me, [but] the way I felt in the last two practices, I don't feel it's necessary." He still may be forced to sit out a few snaps Sunday, but Watt is clearly nearing 100 percent.
Sep 8 - 9:55 AM

According to ESPN's Ed Werder, J.J. Watt (back) will play Week 1 against the Bears.

This was never in doubt as Watt was activated Saturday and returned to practice on Monday. The Texans are still mapping out his workload but we're guessing Watt will be out there for almost every snap. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year has yet to miss a game since entering the league in 2011.
Sep 6 - 11:20 AM

J.J. Watt (back) returned to practice Monday.

Watt passed his physical Sunday and is now back on the practice field. It would be shocking if he did not play against the Bears.
Sep 5 - 12:53 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports J.J. Watt (back) is expected to play Week 1 against the Bears.

The situation has been trending this way for several weeks, with coach Bill O'Brien saying Friday it "looks decent" for him to be ready for Week 1. Watt also passed his team physical on Sunday. He has had an injury-marred offseason, but he is getting healthy at the right time. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year has not missed a game in his five-year career.
Sep 4 - 11:46 AM

Texans activated J.J. Watt (back) off the active/PUP list.

Watt was never missing the first six games, so this is not much of a surprise. Still, coach Bill O'Brien said Watt is "heading in the right direction" to be ready for Week 1. He could be limited, but it would be a mild surprise if Watt did not suit up against the Bears.
Sep 3 - 12:30 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said "it looks decent" for J.J. Watt (back) to play Week 1.

"We are headed in the right direction with him," O'Brien added. Watt has been trending towards active the last several weeks, and at this point, it would be a mild surprise if he did not suit up. Watt underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc on July 20.
Sep 2 - 3:07 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Monday that J.J. Watt (back) has a chance to be ready for Week 1 against the Bears.

It's bad news for the Bears, whose line has been depleted by injuries, and whose offense as a whole has looked nightmarish in August. "I can definitely see (Watt playing in the opener)," O'Brien said. "He's on the right track. He's made a lot of progress the past couple weeks." When Watt originally underwent back surgery in July, NFL Network reported he would be ready for Week 1.
Aug 29 - 4:18 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports J.J. Watt (back, PUP) is not expected to resume practicing next week.

Werder also reports the Texans remain "hopeful" on LT Duane Brown (quad). Both reports directly contradict NFL.com's Ian Rapoport's Thursday reporting. Watt himself has hinted he will be back next week. We'll have to wait this one out.
Aug 25 - 4:18 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports J.J. Watt (back, PUP) expects to return to practice next week.

That would give Watt a fighting chance at suiting up for Week 1, but it would still be far from a guarantee. Watt has yet to practice this summer, and missed most of the offseason as he recovered from groin/core surgery. Another possibility is that Watt is ready for the opener but stuck on a snap count.
Aug 25 - 1:37 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said J.J. Watt (back) will return "sooner rather than later."

O'Brien said he was "unsure" if Watt would play in the first two games of the season last week, but he walked those comments back on Sunday. "He’s progressing really well," O'Brien said. "We feel good about where’s he’s at right now relative to the beginning of the season." It still feels like Watt is doubtful to Week 1, but we might not know for sure until gameday. Watt underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc on July 20.
Aug 22 - 10:04 AM

Coach Bill O'Brien told ESPN's Ed Werder that he's "still unsure" if J.J. Watt (back) will play Weeks 1 and 2 of the regular season.

Watt underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back late last month and was slapped with a 6-10 week timetable. Week 1 seems like a long shot for Watt, but a return at some point in September remains possible.
Aug 19 - 12:04 PM

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