Watt underwent season-ending back surgery in September, limiting him to just three appearances before he was placed on IR. In his stead, former No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney stepped up to earn a Pro Bowl nomination, and the return of Watt in 2017 could give the
Watt is ahead of schedule in his recovery from his September back surgery, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Watt was limited to just three games this season after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in September. That followed a July operation on his back, making his latest rehabilitation the second of its kind. The All-Pro defensive end has been running and lifting weights over the past couple months, but it remains unclear if he'll be able to participate in organized team activities this offseason. Nonetheless, Watt is considered to be ahead of schedule, which bodes well for him returning to full form ahead of the 2017 campaign.
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.
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