J.J. Watt, the Houston Texans defensive end, faces the risk of missing the remainder of the 2016-17 NFL season after re-injuring his back, according to several reports.
The Texans leaned towards placing Watt on the injury reserve list on Wednesday.
According to ESPN NFL insider Ed Werder, Watt is “probably” done for the season since the Texans don’t wish to aggravate the injury that needed surgery in the offseason.
In fact, sources within the organization feel Watt was never ready to begin the new season.
Once officially placed on the IR list, NFL rules permit Watt to return to practice and scrimmages after a duration of eight weeks. In such a scenario, Watt could be back for the Nov.27 game against the San Diego Chargers.
However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter quoted a Texans source as saying, “It doesn’t look good.”
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Texans are placing JJ Watt on injured reserve on Wednesday and resigning DE Antonio Smith, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 28, 2016
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Watt, who was drafted with the 11th pick in 2011, has yet to miss a game in his six-year NFL career.
However, Watt’s back surgery in January made him reassess his future.
“After the first surgery, there were some days there where I really questioned whether or not I’d ever be able to play again.
Just some of the stuff we were dealing with from a rehab standpoint, just the way that the recovery was going early on … there was a very low point there, and it was tough,” Watt had said earlier in September.
Since the Texans didn’t reach the postseason, Watt wasn’t under pressure to play through the pain.
After the surgery in January, Wat underwent another surgery in July for a a herniated disk. This ruled him out of training camp and preseason but he had vowed to be fully fit for the season,
The former three-time Defensive Player of the Year was expected to turn the Texans’ fortunes around, especially after the offseason acquisition of quarterback Brock Osweiler.
However, it seems like Texans fans will have to wait endure one more season of disappointment.
Meanwhile, Houston plan to re-sign DE Antonio Smith to replace Watt.
Stay tuned for the latest on J.J. Watt.