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03/02/17 - DE J.J. Watt declared during Super Bowl week that he expects to be able to fully participate in offseason activities, a positive medical outlook that dovetails with the reports received by Texans coach Bill O'Brien. A recurring back injury that required a pair of microdiscectomy procedures to repair a herniated disk derailed the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year's 2016 season.
The Texans and Watt are hoping for a resurgent, healthy season this year after he spent the majority of last season on injured reserve.
02/01/17 - DE J.J. Watt, who underwent three surgeries in the last year, said Wednesday he is through the rehab process and has been cleared for football activities by the Texans.
Watt, speaking to the media covering the Super Bowl in Houston, said he feels "great" after spending much of the season recovering from back surgery.
"We're now past the whole rehab process," the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year said. "We've transitioned from a rehab and rebuild into just being an athlete again, to now back into regular training, and really training as an elite athlete again, and taking this now to the next level."
01/17/17 - DE J.J. Watt is considered ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from back surgery to repair a herniated disk, an optimistic outlook for the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Watt had a pair of procedures to address his back problems and was limited to three games this season, but is expected back for next season.
The prolific pass-rusher and run-stopper has been working out diligently at the Texans' training facility, running and lifting weights in recent months as he works to strengthen his surgically repaired back.
Although it's unclear what type of activities Watt will be cleared to participate in this offseason, there's hope that he'll do some work during organized team activities. Watt has been gaining weight back now that he's cleared to lift weights. He had gotten much lighter to reduce the strain on his back and hadn't been able to maintain his bulk during his initial convalescence.
"No idea about the time table for the offseason, but I can tell you he's doing well," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's in there working very hard to get better. He's been in there every day. You can see him out on the field running, you can see him doing different things in the weight room. So to no one's surprise, I'm sure that he's ahead of schedule."
Watt became a fixture on the sideline during the AFC South champions' playoff run, cheering on teammates like Pro Bowl defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
The Texans had the top-ranked defense without Watt, who led the NFL in 2015 with 17 1/2 sacks and 29 tackles for losses. Teammates marvel over how formidable the defense could be with Watt back in the lineup.
"I tell him every time I see him I'm excited for him to come back," cornerback A.J. Bouye said. "He's looking amazing right now. He's working out, so I can tell he's motivated and ready to come back and help the team."
11/22/16 - DE J.J. Watt J.J. played through a number of significant injuries and ailments during the 2015 season -- including a potentially devastating staph infection. Watt wrote in The Players' Tribune that a team trainer noticed "some weird bumps on my knee" and recognized an infection that, if undiagnosed, could have resulted in the loss of his leg. Upon asking the trainer for some cream in what he perceived was a rash, the trainer instructed the player to visit the hospital immediately. "I thought he was joking at first. But then I could see in his face that he was serious and actually a bit panicked," Watt wrote. "As it turned out, he saved me in a big way.
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.