PJ.J. Watt DL HOU 5 days ago

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

Competitive 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.

PJ.J. Watt DL HOU 1 month 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.

Competitive 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.

PJ.J. Watt DL HOU 2 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.

Competitive 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.

PJ.J. Watt DL HOU 3 months ago

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

Competitive 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.

PJ.J. Watt DL HOU 4 months ago

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

Competitive 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.

PJ.J. Watt DL HOU 5 months ago

Watt will undergo surgery on his injured groin Tuesday.

Competitive 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.

PJ.J. Watt DL HOU 5 months ago

Watt (wrist) is questionable to return to Saturday's Wild Card game against the Chiefs due to a knee injury, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Watt was already assuming a bit more pass-rushing duty with Jadeveon Clowney (foot) out of commission. Mustering just one assisted tackle before needing a respite in the third quarter, Watt left, seemingly for good, after only a few more snaps on the field.

PJ.J. Watt DL HOU 5 months ago

Watt played without a cast Sunday for the first time since breaking his left hand and recorded three sacks in the Texans' 30-6 win over the Jaguars in Week 17. He finished with eight tackles (five solo), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Watt's production had taken a serious hit since he'd been playing with the cast, but with his fingers free, Watt was able to impact the game. He finishes the regular season with 17.5 sacks and was a dominant player when healthy.

PJ.J. Watt DL HOU 5 months ago

Watt practiced without a cast on his injured left hand Friday for the first time since suffering the injury.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Whether or not Watt can play without the cast has yet to be determined, but the downturn in his production is quite evident since he began playing with the cast. He has one sack and nine tackles the last three games.

PJ.J. Watt DL HOU 5 months ago

Watt notched two solo tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in Sunday's win over the Titans.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Watt's sack gives him 14.5 on the year to go along with 68 tackles and two forced fumbles. The fifth-year defensive end is still arguably the best the pass-rusher in all of football, and he'll continue to hold very solid value as an IDP, moving forward.