QJ.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
3 weeks ago

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Watt (lower leg) is doing really well and should be back at full strength ahead of the upcoming season, ESPN.com's Sarah Barshop reports.

EDGE Analysis

O'Brien made similar comments in early March when he deemed Watt ahead of schedule but declined to provide specifics. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year underwent surgery in October to repair a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg, finishing the season with 15 tackles and no sacks in five games. Watt has played just eight games the past two seasons, after averaging 78.8 tackles, 17.3 sacks and 3.8 forced fumbles without missing a single contest from 2012 to 2015. He celebrated his 29th birthday in March and should have plenty of time to get healthy before the start of training camp.

QJ.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
2 months ago

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said last week that Watt (lower leg) remains ahead of schedule in his rehab, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

O'Brien didn't provide any specifics with regard to where Watt stands in his recovery from surgery to address a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg, but the expectation remains that the three-time Defensive Player of the Year will be back to full strength for the start of training camp. With the leg injury and back surgery limiting him to just eight games over the past two seasons, Watt's reign as the unquestioned top IDP option along the defensive line is probably over, though he still probably represents one of the better commodities at his position heading into draft season.

QJ.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
2 months ago

Watt (leg) resumed running in mid-January and remains on track to return in time for training camp, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt underwent surgery in October to repair a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg and still has significant work to do in the recovery process. There remains an outside chance that the 28-year-old could return for Organized Team Activities this spring, but the Texans are likely to express extreme caution with the return of their franchise defensive lineman.

QJ.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
4 months ago

Watt (leg) is on track for training camp and expects to start running soon, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

It remains uncertain if Watt will return in time for April's organized team activities, but the four-time All-Pro defensive end at least sounds like he'll be fully recovered weeks ahead of the season opener.

QJ.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
4 months ago

Watt (lower leg) said Friday that he'll be ready to play next season, but isn't certain if he'll be on the field for the start of Organized Team Activities in the spring, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt, who underwent surgery in October to repair a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg, only recently started walking without the aid of crutches, so he's not far along in the recovery process to forecast his return to practice. With Watt having been limited to a combined eight games over the last two years after sustaining a pair of season-ending injuries, it's fair to wonder if the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year will ever return to peak form again.

QJ.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
5 months ago

Watt (leg) walked on a treadmill for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a tibial fracture, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt posted a video of himself on the treadmill on his Snapchat account and included a caption with the words "Big day" and "first steps." The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year faces an offseason of rehab and hopes to be ready next May for Organized Team Activities.

QJ.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
6 months ago

Watt will need six-to-nine months of recovery after undergoing surgery earlier this week to repair a tibial fracture in his left leg, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

On that timeline, Watt could possibly be ready for organized team activities next May, but the Texans aren't expected to push the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

QJ.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
6 months ago

Watt (lower leg) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt was destined for injured reserve after it was announced he'd sit out the rest of the season after going under the knife Monday. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year will end his second straight season on injured reserve, and it's difficult to project what his future will be like in the wake of this ailment. The Texans signed veteran defensive end Kendall Langford to fill into Watt's place.

QJ.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
6 months ago

Watt (lower leg) is expected to undergo season-ending surgery Monday to repair a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Texans likely won't issue a timetable for Watt's recovery until after the procedure is completed, but given the severe nature of the injury, it's possible the star defensive end could be sidelined heading into OTAs next spring, if not longer. The season-ending injury is the second in as many years for Watt, who appeared in only three games in 2016 before requiring back surgery last September. Coming off two major operations, it's uncertain if Watt will ever be able to return to the level of peak performance that previously earned him three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards. As for the rest of this season, the absences of Watt and Whitney Mercilus (ankle), who was also injured in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs and will require season-ending surgery, significantly weakens the Texans' pass rush and may prove impossible for the team to replace.

QJ.J. Watt
DE HOU (10)
6 months ago

Watt needs season-ending surgery to repair the tibial plateau fracture he suffered during Sunday's game against the Chiefs, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Watt was ruled out for the season only two hours after suffering the injury. The quick decision is a bad sign, suggesting his fracture is significant and may also be accompanied by ligament damage. Watt has played just eight games since the end of the 2015 season, notching 1.5 sacks and 23 tackles over that stretch. He has a long history of playing through injuries, but they've finally caught up to him the past two seasons.