IRJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
11 hours ago

The Texans placed Watt (back) on injured reserve Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

It was announced Tuesday that Watt was headed to injured reserve after aggravating his back injury, and the Texans officially made that move Wednesday morning. Watt will be sidelined at least eight weeks and is not necessarily done for the season, but whether or not he returns before the year is over depends on the success of his recovery. Devon Still and Antonio Smith will be counted on to fill in at right defensive end in Watt's place.

IRJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
1 day ago

Watt (back) expects to be placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt aggravated a previous back injury during Thursday's outing versus the Patriots and is now slated to be sidelined indefinitely. However, even if he's placed on injured reserve, there's still a chance he's able to return much later in the season, so it doesn't necessarily rule him out for the rest of the season. With that said, the Texans are expected to re-sign fellow defensive end Antonio Smith to take Watt's spot on the roster, which should provide them a familiar face on the defensive line for some much needed additional depth.

IRJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
1 day ago

Watt aggravated a previous back injury and is expected to be sidelined for an extended period of time, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt battled through the injury over the first three weeks of the season, notching just eight tackles and 1.5 sacks over that span. However, it appears an aggravation may have occurred during the Texans' most recent outing and he's expected to miss an extended period of time. Rapoport indicated the injury could potentially even cost him the rest of the season, so it's clearly believed to be a serious issue. We should hear more on his status in the coming few days, but for now, expect Watt to be on the sidelines. Devon Still and Joel Heath are candidates to see an increased role in his place.

IRJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
2 days ago

Watt did not practice Monday, as he was handed a day off, Texans TV host Drew Dougherty reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt is coming off playing on a short week last Thursday versus the Patriots, so the extended time before this Sunday's game against the Titans coupled with Monday's day off should help his recovery from Week 3. Expect the three-time defensive MVP to return to practice later this week and fill his usual role in this weekend's AFC South tilt.

IRJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
5 days ago

Watt was on the field for 51 of 64 defensive snaps (80 percent) in Houston's 27-0 loss to New England in Week 3. He finished with two tackles and was a non-factor in the game.

EDGE Analysis

As a percentage of snap counts, Week 3 was the lowest of the three games played so far for Watt, who had back surgery in July. The reduced snap count could have been due to the short week of preparation and/or the blowout nature of the game, so at this point, we're not too concerned. Watt is getting back to full strength and should see a healthy amount of playing time Week 4 against the Titans.

IRJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
6 days ago

Watt (back) is active for Thursday's matchup with New England.

EDGE Analysis

Watt was limited in practice all week with the back injury that limited him in the first two games of the season and kept him out of the preseason. He increased his snap count from Week 1 to Week 2 and could see an increase once again.

IRJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
1 week ago

Watt (back) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.

EDGE Analysis

Watt limited involvement in Wednesday's practice won't likely affect his status for Thursday's tilt against the Patriots, and the Texans expect to have their dominant defensive end on the field. Due to the short week of practice following Week 2's win over the Chiefs, Watt could in turn see a slight reduction in terms of his snap count.

IRJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
1 week ago

Watt (back) was a limited practice participant Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

We'll probably see Watt on the injury report most weeks early in the season as he works his way back from July back surgery. He's expected to play Thursday night against New England, though the quick turnaround may work to suppress his snap count.

IRJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
1 week ago

Watt (back) was a limited practice participant Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Though still listed on the injury report due to an offseason back injury that required surgery, Watt appeared to be back at full strength in Sunday's win over Kansas City, recording five tackles and 1.5 sacks while playing 58 of 64 defensive snaps. With no setback reported, Watt should be fine to take on another heavy workload Thursday against the Patriots.

IRJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
1 week ago

Watt recorded five tackles, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in Houston's win over Kansas City in Week 2.

EDGE Analysis

Watt played 58 of 64 defensive snaps, up to 91 percent after playing 49 snaps (88 percent) in the season opener. He's clearly feeling better after undergoing July back surgery. Given that Watt was a limited participant Thursday and Friday during the practice week leading up to the Chiefs, you'll need to be vigilant to see how quickly he responds on a short Week 3 when the Texans travel to New England for a Thursday night matchup.