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

Watt (back) will need at least eight weeks before he is able to return to the field following back surgery Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt's surgery indeed did turn out to be the result of a herniated disk suffered in 2015-16. Initial reports stated that Watt would take six-to-eight weeks to recover enough to be able to suit up for the Texans, but now there are reports that recovery would take eight weeks minimum. That would put Watt's return date at Sept. 15, four days too late for Houston's season opener against the Bears. Other reports are claiming that rehabilitation could take up to 10 weeks. In any case, the super-star defensive end is in serious danger of missing his first ever NFL game.

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

Watt (groin) underwent back surgery Thursday and will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt dealt with a herniated disk in his back for some time last season among other injuries. The operation may have been executed because of that disk, but conclusive reasoning for the surgery is not yet known at this point. The Texans expect him to be ready for the season opener Sept. 11 against the Bears in Houston based on the fact that he has never missed an NFL game in his career regardless of injury. The 6-5 Wisconsin product won Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2015-16, racking up 76 combined tackles and a league-leading 17.5 sacks.

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

Watt (groin) returned to the practice field on Monday after recovery from offseason surgery kept him sidelined for previous OTAs, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt remains less than 100% for the time being as his repaired core muscles continue to heal, but the fact that he was able to workout with the team Monday leaves a sense of optimism that he'll be a full participant throughout training camp later in the summer. At this rate he should be back to full health well before the arrival of Week 1 when the Texans begin the season against the Bears.

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

Watt (groin) remains sidelined at OTAs, the Houston Chronicle reports. "I feel really good," he said Tuesday. "As soon as I'm allowed, I'll be out there. You guys know me well enough now to know that it's not up to me. I think it will be soon."

EDGE Analysis

The Texans are exercising caution as Watt proceeds through the latter stages of his recovery from offseason surgery to repair a number of torn core muscles. Tuesday marked just the fourth OTA of the team's offseason program, which will be followed up by mandatory minicamp from June 14-16. There's always the potential that the star pass rusher doesn't take the field until training camp, but considering his comments, he should be his usual force of nature once Week 1 arrives.

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

Watt (groin) did not participate in Monday's opening day of OTAs, the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt is coming off surgery to repair several damaged core muscles, and although last month he stated he was approaching 100 percent health, the Texans are understandably erring on the safe side with their defensive behemoth. While Watt didn't participate in team drills Monday, he did go through individual work on the sideline as the Texans started OTAs, and should be good to go once needed later this summer.

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

Watt is nearly recovered from offseason groin surgery, Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports. "I am very, very close to being back to 100 percent," Watt said recently.

EDGE Analysis

At the conclusion of the 2015 campaign, Watt was apparently sporting five partially or fully torn core muscles, yet the ailments didn't stop him from nabbing his third NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in a four-year span. In particular, he notched 17.5 sacks among 76 tackles last season, to which he added three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in a full 16-game slate.

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

Watt, who underwent groin surgery this offseason, had five partially or fully torn muscles in his core area by the end of the 2015 season, the EPSN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite those nagging tears, some of which occurred early in the season, and a broken left hand, Watt didn't miss a game and recorded 17.5 sacks in 2015. He earned Defensive Player of the Year honors for the third time in four seasons. Watt underwent surgery in January for what Houston head coach Bill O'Brien called at the time "a significant groin injury" and was cleared for offseason workouts in late February.

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

Watt (groin) was cleared for offseason workouts Monday, Tania Ganguli of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia in mid-January and had been unable to participate in workouts until now. Even though his offseason training schedule was delayed, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year is fully expected to be ready for the 2016 season.

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

Watt was named the NFL Defensive player of the Year at Saturday's NFL Awards ceremony.

EDGE Analysis

Despite being hampered by hand and groin injuries down the stretch, Watt turned in another dominant season as the undoubted leader of the Texans' defense. Watt finished out the year with the league-lead in sacks with 17.5 totaling 118 total yards lost to go with 50 quarterback hits and eight passes defensed. He beat out St. Louis' Aaron Donald and Carolina's Luke Keuchly to take home his third DPOY award.

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

Watt will undergo surgery on his injured groin Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Watt has been dealing with this injury for several weeks, but Sunday's Wild Card loss to the Chiefs proved to be the tipping point where he ultimately had to exit the contest. The star defensive end will now take a proactive approach to addressing the ailment, but expects to be ready for the start of the 2016 season.