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09/30/16 - DE J.J. Watt of the Texans underwent back surgery Thursday and will be lost for the remainder of the 2016 season.
Surgery was the best option to repair a herniated disk rather than rehab and rest, according to multiple reports.
Watt, a three-time winner of the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award, was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. He saw a specialist and elected to have the surgery, according to the Houston Chronicle. Watt underwent back surgery on the same disk in late July and sat out the preseason.
09/28/16 - DE J.J. Watt, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was placed on the Texans' injured reserve list Wednesday.
Watt underwent back surgery in late July and sat out the preseason. He returned to play each of the Texans' first three regular-season games, but observers wondered if he was actually healthy.
Watt said the move was "necessary in order for me to return to 100 percent and play at the level that I am capable of playing at. Everybody deals with adversity in their lives, many much worse than what I'm going through. ... I look forward to the fight back to the top and to the next time that I can step back on that field with my brothers to play the game that I love before the best fans in the world and I promise to continue to do everything in my power to make you proud."
09/27/16 - DE J.J. Watt is headed for injured reserve after re-injuring his back, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.
Watt underwent back surgery in late July, and he sat out the preseason. He returned to play each of the Texans' first three regular-season games, but NFL.com reported he was hurt Thursday in Houston's loss to the New England Patriots. A move to short-term injured reserve would keep Watt out of practice for six weeks, with a chance to return to action in eight weeks for a Nov. 27 game against the San Diego Chargers, ESPN.com reported.
09/11/16 - DE J.J. Watt started Sunday in the opener against the Chicago Bears despite undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back on July 20. It was a relatively quiet afternoon for Watt (one tackle, three quarterback hits). "I knew I wouldn't have any problems with my back, and I didn't," Watt said. "Today definitely knocked some rust off. It felt good though to get some live balls and to go out there and get some live shots at you and get back into the flow of things. So I think it really gives me a good perspective going into Week 2 and lets me know what I need to work on." Watt played a significant number of snaps despite sitting out the entire preseason to rehab. The Texans were coy during the week regarding how they would utilize Watt. "I think it's hard when you haven't practiced in a long time or played in a game in a long time," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "I thought that at the end there, he was really revving. He was going pretty good. So I think we definitely need to see how much he played, see how he feels."
09/07/16 - DE J.J. Watt (back), who returned to practice this week after missing the preseason following back surgery in July, was limited in practice on Wednesday but is expected to play Sunday.