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J.J. Watt | Defensive Lineman | #99

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 290
College: Wisconsin
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (11) / HOU
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Texans coach Bill O'Brien confirmed J.J. Watt (knee) is done for the season.
Watt suffered a left tibial plateau fracture on Sunday night. He will be placed on injured reserve in the coming days, and he faces a long recovery which likely will stretch into the offseason program. The Texans also lost OLB Whitney Mercilus for the season to a torn pectoral on Sunday night. Houston will need Jadeveon Clowney to step up in a big way. Oct 9 - 12:46 PM

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NBC Sports' Michele Tafoya reports J.J. Watt has been diagnosed with a left tibial plateau fracture.

It's almost certainly a season-ending injury, a devastating development for a 28-year-old superstar who missed almost all of 2016 with back woes. Watt had yet to tally a sack this year, but had been generating consistent pressure. The Texans thrived without Watt last season, but his loss significantly lowers their 2017 ceiling. There is no way to replace one of the best players in all of football.
Oct 8 - 10:43 PM

J.J. Watt was carted off with a tibial plateau fracture to his left leg in Sunday night's Week 5 game against Kansas City.

Watt had to be helped off the field and looked in a ton of pain. He couldn't put any weight on his leg and was later carted off. It's a season-changing injury for Houston's defense. The Texans also ruled out OLB Whitney Mercilus with a chest issue.
Oct 8 - 9:01 PM

J.J. Watt (finger) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Watt admitted his finger was "pretty messed up" after Thursday night's win over Cincinnati, but it's not going to keep him out Sunday against New England. He's still looking for his first sack of 2017 and would love to get it against Tom Brady.
Sep 20 - 4:49 PM

J.J. Watt aggravated his dislocated finger in Thursday's Week 2 win over the Bengals.

Watt first suffered the injury in Week 1 and admitted his left ring finger was "pretty messed up" after Thursday's win. "I'm honestly kind of scared to take my glove off," he said after the game. "I honestly don't know what it looks like." Even with the injury, Watt still logged six tackles including the game-ender on Thursday night.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 15 - 1:27 PM

J.J. Watt suffered a dislocated finger in Week 1 against the Jaguars.

He's coming back in, but the finger dislocation could impact Watt's effectiveness when he is hand fighting with offensive linemen.
Sep 10 - 2:37 PM

The NFL has cancelled the Cowboys vs. Texans fourth preseason game.

The game was initially set to be in Houston, but was moved to Jerry's World in Arlington due to Hurricane Harvey. Now, the league has decided to simply scrap it altogether, allowing the Texans players to be with their families. It's unfortunate for the bottom-roster players looking for one last chance to prove their worth, but this situation is far bigger than football.
Aug 30 - 11:38 AM

The Houston Chronicle reports J.J. Watt will play in the Texans' preseason opener.

Watt has been limited early in training camp after missing most of 2016 to back surgery. The Texans are confident enough in his health to give him some live reps. Watt likely won't play more than a series.
Aug 5 - 4:04 PM

J.J. Watt said his back "feels great."

Watt continues to be asked about the back which limited him to three games last year, and he continues to say the same thing. "I'm very happy with the way it responded," Watt said. "Obviously with the amount of time we took this time to make sure it responded properly, I would hope that it would respond the way it did." Watt still has to test himself in full-contact drills during camp, but there does not seem to be much reason for worry.
Jun 15 - 8:36 AM

J.J. Watt (back) said he "has no restrictions," and feels "very, very good" during OTAs.

Watt is recovering from back surgery, but looks to be healthy for the offseason. Although Watt feels good, the Texans might ask him to hit the breaks during OTAs after they admitted that he rushed back too soon last season. The takeaway is that Watt clearly looks ready to go for training camp.
May 23 - 4:35 PM

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

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