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Houston, We Have a Problem…J.J. Watt Possibly Out Ten Weeks

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Since his arrival in 2011, J.J. Watt has developed into the NFL’s best defensive player. As a 3-4 DE, Watt is a 4x Pro Bowler, 4x 1st team All-Pro, three time DPOY, and 2x sack champion. He’s also the only player in NFL history with multiple 20 sack seasons. Watt also has never missed a game during his career.

That streak could be in jeopardy, this season. The Houston Texan star has been placed on the PUP list to start training camp. Watt recently had surgery to fix a herniated disk.

Watt has battled numerous injuries throughout his decorated career. After the Texans’ playoff loss against the Kansas City Chiefs , he had sports hernia surgery. In 2015, he played with a broken hand, for a good part of the season.

In 2012, Watt played the whole season with torn ligaments in his right elbow. He lead the NFL in sacks both 2012 and 2015.

Initially, it was reported that Watt would only miss seven weeks. Now, reports have surfaced, that Watt was advised he could miss the Texans first three games. There shouldn’t be a question of when, Watt will return. The emphasis should be on how effective he’ll be.

Last June, Los Angeles Rams, defensive end Robert Quinn, underwent back surgery as well. He wasn’t as effective, and was placed on IR in early December.

With Watt on defense, the Texans are one of the more respected defenses in the NFL. Last season, they were third in total defense, and tied for seventh, in points allowed per game with Arizona.

The Texans first three games include consecutive home contests against the Bears and Chiefs respectively. Followed by, a Thursday night visit to Gillette Stadium.

The Houston Texans and their entire fan-base should be concerned about the health of J.J. Watt. Injuries are starting to become a concern, but J.J. Watt is of a different breed. He’s the modern day Lawrence Taylor, just an absolute terror for offenses across the NFL.

The Texans defense starts and ends with J.J. Watt. The year before the Texans drafted Watt, they were 30th in total yards allowed. In Watt‘s rookie season, they rose to second in total defense. Since 2011, the Texans have fielded a top-10 defensive unit every year, except 2014. Romeo Crennel is an excellent defensive mind, so he’ll make adjustments, if Watt misses time.

Luckily for the Houston Texans, J.J. Watt, is a once-a-generation talent. As a defensive lineman, he’s easily a top-3 player in the NFL. Fans and pundits worldwide, should expect another sensational season from J.J. Watt.