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

According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Watt (back) is not expected to take the practice field next week.

EDGE Analysis

Earlier Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Watt's expectation of a return to practice next week, but ultimately the Texans' medical and training staffs will chart his course. Considering he's only a month removed from surgery on a herniated disk -- or his second procedure of the offseason after sports hernia surgery in January -- the team will likely exercise the utmost caution with the three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

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

Watt (back) expects to participate in practice next week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

In the days leading up to training camp, Watt opted to have surgery on a herniated disk that plagued him throughout the 2015 season. The procedure was accompanied by an expectation that he'd miss a handful of games to kick off the regular season, but a return to practice next week would amend that assessment. Considering he played through back, groin, and hand concerns last season, Watt has displayed an ability to play through the pain, and his presence in Week 1 would boost the prospects of the Texans' defense.

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

Watt (back) was able to do some running drills on the side of practice Monday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt is just over a month removed from back surgery that was expected to sideline him for 6-10 weeks, and he still appears to be on that timetable. He only ran for around 10 minutes at practice and wasn't going full speed, but his presence and activity is a positive sign for the reigning defensive player of the year. His status for week one is questionable and a return then would fall right around the six-week time frame. As long as he's out look for Christian Covington and Jeoffrey Pagan to continue to see extra reps in practice and games.

PUPJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
2 weeks ago

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said he's not sure if Watt (back) will be ready for the first two games of the regular season, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt had surgery to repair a herniated disc in late July, with his recovery timetable estimated at 8-to-10 weeks. The possibility of missed time at the beginning of the season isn't a new development, but it's still not a great sign that Watt's head coach is openly discussing it, as players and coaches are usually either silent or overly optimistic when asked about injury timetables. In any case, Watt figures to miss all of the preseason, and he remains questionable for the first few weeks of the regular season.

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

Watt (back) has been placed on the Texans' PUP list to begin training camp.

EDGE Analysis

Watt underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back last week, so him landing on the PUP list really comes as no surprise. Following his procedure, Watt is expected to need at least eight weeks before he's able to return to the field, putting him on the fringe of being available for the start of the regular season. As a result, Watt will likely remain on the PUP list for most, if not all, training camp, and won't be activated until he's able to practice again.

PUPJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
1 month 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.

PUPJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
1 month 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.

PUPJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
3 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.

PUPJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
3 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.

PUPJ.J. Watt
DL HOU (9)
3 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.