J. J. Watt DL HOU May 25 '78

Texans LE J.J. Watt (elbow) is "100 percent sure" he'll be ready for Week 1.

"Maybe even earlier," Watt said. "We're going to see on that (returning for a preseason game), but it's definitely a possibility. I wouldn't rule it out." Watt is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a dislocated elbow, but was always expected to be ready for the regular season. It won't be a concern if he doesn't play in the preseason.

J. J. Watt DL HOU May 23 '78

J.J. Watt (elbow) is inactive for Saturday's preseason opener.

Watt suffered a dislocated elbow on August 2, but isn't in danger of missing regular season games. Also inactive for the Texans are WR Andre Johnson (groin), ILB Brian Cushing, and DE Jared Crick. Tim Jamison is replacing Watt on the first-team at left defensive end.

J. J. Watt DL HOU May 13 '78

Texans DE J.J. Watt suffered a dislocated elbow in Thursday's practice.

Watt had to be carted off the field, and coach Gary Kubiak expressed initial concern that Watt could miss the preseason. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports, however, that Watt is expected to "not miss much time" after doctor's pop the joint back in Thursday afternoon. "We dodged another bullet," said Kubiak. All the tests came out good." A linchpin in one of the league's most talented defenses, Watt is in no danger of missing regular-season action.

J. J. Watt DL HOU May 11 '78

Texans DC Wade Phillips is already predicting a Hall of Fame career path for second-year DE J.J. Watt.

Phillips compares Watt to Raiders Hall of Famer Howie Long. "He's going to be a bust -- not a first-round bust but a bust in the Hall of Fame," Phillips said. "The only players I've seen that can do what he can do with his intensity can be found in Canton ... He's powerful, and he's got a great feel for what it takes to play his position. He dominated the line of scrimmage against two playoff teams ... He wants to be a great player." Watt is one of several reasons the Texans are a top-10 fantasy defense this year.

J. J. Watt DL HOU Nov 04 '77

J.J. Watt "hit the proverbial rookie wall and destroyed it" in the Texans' two playoff games, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Watt earned well-deserved kudos for his athletic, game-changing pick-six in the win over the Bengals. He was even better at Baltimore, exploding for 12 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three tackles for loss and three QB hurries. Watt earned the moniker "The Milkman" from teammates because he always delivers. Houston's "Bulls on Parade" defense may have more young talent than any in the NFL.

J. J. Watt DL HOU May 12 '772 Comments

As expected, the Titans immediately installed No. 11 overall pick J.J. Watt as the starting left defensive end to open training camp.

The Texans do this with their first-rounder ever year, and they've enjoyed success with the approach for the most part. Watt made an immediate impression on teammates and onlookers, batting down two balls in a drill. "If today's any indication, he's going to be just fine," said coach Gary Kubiak.

J. J. Watt DL HOU May 10 '77

Texans signed No. 11 overall pick DE J.J. Watt to a four-year, $11.23 million contract.

Watt will play the five-technique left end opposite Antonio Smith with Mario Williams moving to outside linebacker. Explosive and athletic, the 6'6/290 Watt tallied 36.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, four fumble recoveries, and 14 pass breakups in two years at Wisconsin. The Texans are up-and-coming defense with Wade Phillips calling the shots.

J. J. Watt DL HOU Oct 12 '35

Watt (thigh) was listed as probable for Thursday night's game against the Colts.

Watt was a full participant in practice, so he should be expected to make his normal contributions as an IDP Thursday. He played last week through the same injury, even though he had been limited in practice the Friday before.