Back in July, the Texans’ J.J. Watt underwent back surgery for a herniated disc. A few days ago, Watt was forced to have another procedure done on this back as well. Watt is just 27, so this is scary news for the 3-time defensive player of the year award winner.
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has announced that Watt has officially been ruled out for the remainder of the season for the 2-1, first place Texans. Houston came into the season touted as one of the best defensive units. Watt’s absence certainly won’t help that claim.
Watt, a three-time winner of the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award, was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. He saw a specialist and elected to have the surgery Thursday, according to people familiar with his situation.
Under league rules, Watt could play in eight weeks, but this time, the Texans don’t want to take any chances with their most valuable player, so he’s out for the season.
H/T: Houston Chronicle