J.J. Watt will have to watch his teammates the rest of the season after re-injuring his back in Week 3 against the New England Patriots.
National Insider for NFL Network Ian Rapoport mentioned in one of his tweets that Texans DL JJ Watt has re-injured his back and expected to be out for an extended period of time. Could be the season.
Sources: #Texans star DL JJ Watt has re-injured his back and is expected to be out for an extended period of time. Could be the season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 28, 2016
The 27-year-old three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year winner didn’t play the entire preseason after having undergone surgery to repair a herniated disk.
In the first three games that he played this season, Watt posted eight tackles and averaging 1.5 sacks per game in comparison to his last season’s 19 tackles and 3.0 sacks. The defensive star has yet to miss a game in his six-year career but he incurred injuries two of his four times he played.
Two years ago, Watt sign a $100 million contract that could eventually be brought as one of the worst decisions by the Texans organization.
Football expert Peter King reports: “I’m told the Texans prevented Watt from coming back for a week after the medical staff okayed Watt’s return, essentially giving Watt an extra week of rehab. But no one will be able to answer that question until or if a back specialist does the surgery and determines if Watt’s injury is the result of a pre-existing condition.”
For Texans, losing Watt could be a pathway of not making into the playoffs. However, the Texans might emerge as the winner in the thin AFC South but playing against New England and Denver in the playoffs might require the presence of Watt to win.