Watt (back) underwent an evaluation on Monday regarding his rehab from September back surgery, but he'll still be kept out for the remainder of the season, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
Watt is eligible to return to the Texans this week, but the team has no intention to activate their star defensive end from injured reserve this season. Watt, who is expected to be back in Houston soon following a couple months of recovery back home, has been rehabbing by walking, basic stretching, and core work. The team figures to continue taking things slow with Watt as the season eventually draws to a close and the offseason begins.
Watt (back) will miss the remainder of this season after having surgery Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Watt's status was confirmed by coach Bill O'Brien, eliminating any outside chance that he'll return this year. As a result, Watt's 2016 season will end with eight tackles, 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery in just three games played. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year will now focus on rehabbing his back once again, leaving Devon Still and Antonio Smith to fill expanded roles in his absence.
The reigning Defensive Player of the Year was thought to have had a slim chance of returning this season, but that appears to be ruled out following surgery. He recorded 1.5 sacks and eight tackles through the first three weeks of the season. Devon Still and and Antonio Smith figure to have big shoes to fill at defensive end in Watt's absence.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network,
While there are no long-term concerns with the injury, the chances we see Watt take the field again this season seem highly unlikely. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year recorded eight tackles and 1.5 sacks in the first three weeks of the season before aggravating his back injury. Watt's absence leaves an enormous hole in the
It was announced Tuesday that Watt was headed to injured reserve after aggravating his back injury, and the Texans officially made that move Wednesday morning. Watt will be sidelined at least eight weeks and is not necessarily done for the season, but whether or not he returns before the year is over depends on the success of his recovery. Devon Still and Antonio Smith will be counted on to fill in at right defensive end in Watt's place.
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