QJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
4 weeks ago

Watt (back) said Wednesday that he's been fully cleared for football activities and expects to be ready for the start of OTAs, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt underwent season-ending back surgery in September, limiting to just three appearances before he was placed on IR. In his stead, former No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney stepped up to earn a Pro Bowl nomination, and the return of Watt in 2017 could give the Texans one of the more fearsome pass-rushing combinations in the league. Assuming Watt makes it through offseason activities and training camp as expected, he'll still likely project as a top-flight IDP option along the defensive line.

QJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
1 month ago

Watt is ahead of schedule in his recovery from his September back surgery, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt was limited to just three games this season after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in September. That followed a July operation on his back, making his latest rehabilitation the second of its kind. The All-Pro defensive end has been running and lifting weights over the past couple months, but it remains unclear if he'll be able to participate in organized team activities this offseason. Nonetheless, Watt is considered to be ahead of schedule, which bodes well for him returning to full form ahead of next season.

QJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
3 months ago

Watt (back) underwent an evaluation on Monday regarding his rehab from September back surgery, but he'll still be kept out for the remainder of the season, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt is eligible to return to the Texans this week, but the team has no intention to activate their star defensive end from injured reserve this season. Watt, who is expected to be back in Houston soon following a couple months of recovery back home, has been rehabbing by walking, basic stretching, and core work. The team figures to continue taking things slow with Watt as the season eventually draws to a close and the offseason begins.

QJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
5 months ago

Watt (back) will miss the remainder of this season after having surgery Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt's status was confirmed by coach Bill O'Brien, eliminating any outside chance that he'll return this year. As a result, Watt's 2016 season will end with eight tackles, 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery in just three games played. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year will now focus on rehabbing his back once again, leaving Devon Still and Antonio Smith to fill expanded roles in his absence.

QJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
5 months ago

Watt underwent back surgery Thursday, and is expected to be out the remainder of the season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year was thought to have had a slim chance of returning this season, but that appears to be ruled out following surgery Thursday. He recorded 1.5 sacks and eight tackles through the first three weeks of the season. Devon Still and and Antonio Smith figure to have big shoes to fill at defensive end in Watt's absence.

QJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
5 months ago

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Watt is likely out for the remainder of the season, leaving his odds of returning from IR as "slim".

EDGE Analysis

While there are no long-term concerns with the injury, the chances we see Watt take the field again this season seem highly unlikely. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year recorded eight tackles and 1.5 sacks in the first three weeks of the season before aggravating his back injury. Watt's absence leaves a enormous hole in the Texans defense, which is expected to be filled by Devon Still and the newly signed Antonio Smith.

QJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
5 months 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.

QJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
5 months 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.

QJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
5 months 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.

QJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
5 months 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.