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J.J. Watt | Defensive Lineman | #99

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 295
College: Wisconsin
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (11) / HOU
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J.J. Watt (back) said he "feels fantastic."
Watt won a Home Run Derby playing softball at his charity event on Saturday. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year sat out most of last season after undergoing multiple back surgeries and admitted he may have tried to come back too soon. Watt said his core is "as tight and locked in as it can get," so obviously he's been able to stay in shape throughout his rehab process. He won't be a full-go at OTAs but Watt shouldn't have any restrictions going into training camp. May 14 - 11:10 AM

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Speaking Monday, J.J. Watt (back surgery) said he "feels really good."

"I'm looking forward to getting back to playing football," Watt said. "I can't wait." Freakishly thin by the end of last season, Watt has been working on bulking back up. He's unlikely to be a full participant during OTAs, but is fully on track for training camp.
Apr 17 - 1:37 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said J.J. Watt remains "on track" in his recovery from back surgery.

Watt underwent two back surgeries in six months last year and landed on injured reserve after just three games. O'Brien has been consistently optimistic about his outlook, however, even saying he could get in some work during OTAs. Watt should be a full-go for training camp.
Mar 30 - 9:32 AM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said J.J. Watt (back) is "in great shape."

"He's doing very well," O'Brien said. "He'll probably participate, to a certain extent, in OTAs." Watt claimed to be "fully cleared" a month ago, but it sounds like the Texans plan to take it slow during the offseason program. He should be a full go in training camp.
Mar 1 - 4:21 PM

J.J. Watt (back surgery) said he's been "fully cleared" and expects to participate in OTAs.

Watt sees many things with rose-colored glasses, so we'll take a wait-and-see approach regarding his OTAs participation. But last month it was reported he was ahead of schedule in his recovery. Watt was seen working out on the field ahead of the Wild Card win over the Raiders, but he was noticeably thinner. Adding weight is probably his main goal ahead of spring work.
Feb 1 - 9:29 AM

The Houston Chronicle reports J.J. Watt (back surgery) is "ahead of schedule."

Per reporter Aaron Wilson, there's "hope" Watt will do "some" work during OTAs. Noticeably thinner on the sideline during the playoffs, Watt had to shed weight to lessen the load on his surgically-repaired back. He's now in the early stages of bulking back up. Returning from back surgery — this is Watt's second — is rarely straightforward, but he's expected to be ready well ahead of Week 1.
Jan 16 - 2:34 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien confirmed J.J. Watt (back) is out for the season.

Watt tried to play through a back injury the first three weeks, but that only made things worse. He underwent surgery on Thursday and will now miss the remainder of 2016. Sunday against Tennessee will be the first game Watt has missed since entering the league as the 11th overall pick in 2011. Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus will be the Texans' primary pass rushers.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 02:11:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports J.J. Watt underwent back surgery on Thursday and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

This was the fear and expectation all along since it was revealed on Tuesday that Watt re-injured his back. It's believed to be a recurrence of the herniated disk that Watt needed surgery for in the offseason. The Texans will need more from former No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 11:01:00 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the odds are "slim" J.J. Watt (back) returns this season, but that there are "no long-term concerns."

There were also no long-term concerns last spring. The reality is, Watt has a bad back, and it will be a concern until proven otherwise. The good news is, he has almost an entire year to get right. Watt turns 28 next March. He should bounce back in 2017.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 01:10:00 PM

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.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 09:26:00 AM

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.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 08:58:00 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.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 03:59:00 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.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 10:51:00 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.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 09:55:00 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.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 11:20:00 AM

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