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08/11/17 - DE J.J. Watt (back surgery) played in his first game since last season and looked fine and had no setbacks.
08/01/17 - DE J.J. Watt has gotten two days off early in camp. He said last week the coaches were going to take it easy on him as he eased his way back to full contact after last year's back surgeries. He should be back on the practice field Wednesday. "We're just trying to manage him," coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's ready to go. He's in great condition, and I think it's important to get him ready for Sept. 10." That would be the regular-season opener against Jacksonville at NRG Stadium.
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."