|We're not sure when Watt is expected to return. (AP)|
In the early days of this year's training camp, the Texans have had some injury problems. As you know, receiver Andre Johnson tweaked his groin a few days ago and hasn't returned to practice, left tackle Duane Brown has a lower leg bruise and cornerback Kareem Jackson is dealing with a bum hamstring.
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Making matters worse Thursday, defensive end J.J. Watt, coming off a strong rookie season, injured his elbow and left practice on a cart. According to the Houston Chronicle, Watt was in a tangle of players at the end of a running play, and somehow, he got his arm caught in the scrum.
After practice, coach Gary Kubiak said he didn't have any information on the injury.
With the Texans expected to have one of the top defenses in the league again, losing Watt for an extended time wouldn't necessarily be devastating. But it also wouldn't be great news.
Last season, he recorded 56 tackles and 5.5 sacks while starting all 16 games, and in the playoff win against the Bengals, he had 14 tackles (four for a loss), 3.5 sacks and a pick-six.
He was so impressive that a few days ago, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips predicted a Hall of Fame induction for Watt.
“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,” Phillips said. “Over the last half of last year, he was fantastic.
“He dominated the line of scrimmage against two playoff teams. I think he'll continue to go from there because he works so hard at it. He wants to be a great player.”
UPDATED (4:19 p.m. ET): After practice Thursday, Kubiak said Watt dislocated his elbow. Trainers, however, reset it immediately, and he's not expected to miss much time. Kubiak also said he's not sure whether Watt will be ready for the preseason opener.
“All the tests came back good," Kubiak said. "He's going to miss some time ... Knowing JJ will be back pretty darn quick."