Watt underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back last week, so him landing on the PUP list really comes as no surprise. Following his procedure, Watt is expected to need at least eight weeks before he's able to return to the field, putting him on the fringe of being available for the start of the regular season. As a result, Watt will likely remain on the PUP list for most, if not all, of training camp and won't be activated until he's close to being able to practice again.
Watt (back) will need at least eight weeks before he is able to return to the field following back surgery Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Watt's surgery indeed did turn out to be the result of a herniated disk suffered in 2015-16. Initial reports stated that Watt would take six-to-eight weeks to recover enough to be able to suit up for the Texans, but now there are reports that recovery would take eight weeks minimum. That would put Watt's return date at Sept. 15, four days too late for Houston's season opener against the Bears. Other reports are claiming that rehabilitation could take up to 10 weeks. In any case, the super-star defensive end is in serious danger of missing his first ever NFL game.
Watt dealt with a herniated disk in his back for some time last season among other injuries. The operation may have been executed because of that disk, but conclusive reasoning for the surgery is not yet known. The
Watt remains less than 100 percent for the time being as his repaired core muscles continue to heal, but the fact that he was able to work out with the team leaves a sense of optimism that he'll be a full participant throughout training camp later in the summer. At this rate, he should be back to full health well before the arrival of Week 1 when the
Watt (groin) remains sidelined at OTAs, the Houston Chronicle reports. "I feel really good," he said Tuesday. "As soon as I'm allowed, I'll be out there. You guys know me well enough now to know that it's not up to me. I think it will be soon."
The Texans are exercising caution as Watt proceeds through the latter stages of his recovery from offseason surgery to repair a number of torn core muscles. Tuesday marked just the fourth OTA of the team's offseason program, which will be followed up by mandatory minicamp from June 14-16. There's always the potential that the star pass rusher doesn't take the field until training camp, but considering his comments, he should be his usual force of nature once Week 1 arrives.
|P1||8/14/16||@ SF||7:00 pm|
|P4||9/1/16||@ DAL||8:00 pm|
|3||9/22/16||@ NE||8:25 pm|
|5||10/9/16||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|7||10/24/16||@ DEN||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/13/16||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|11||11/21/16||@ OAK||8:30 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|14||12/11/16||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
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