Watt had a combined two tackles, one sack and one pass defensed in Houston's two playoff games. Watt showed his grit, returning from October pectoral surgery to compete in the postseason, but he did not have the same impact a fully healthy Watt might have had. He was able to play 58 percent of the defensive snaps, which indicates he wasn't 100 percent. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year finished the regular season with 24 tackles, four sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries over eight games. It was the third time in four seasons that Watt was unable to play more than half the season. That suggests some wear and tear on the body of a player who will be 31 years old when the 2020 season opens. He can still be an effective IDP option, but Watt may not be the disruptive force he's been in the past.
Watt (shoulder) was a limited practice participant Wednesday. Watt returned from the eight-game absence and played 61 percent of defensive snaps in Saturday's win over the Bills, and he's expected to see a higher snap count versus the Chiefs this weekend. The 30-year-old finished last week practicing fully and didn't receive an injury designation, and there's a good chance he does so again this week.
Watt is expected to see his snap count increase in Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the Chiefs, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. Houston head coach Bill O'Brien thought Watt felt "good coming out of" last week's win over the Bills and will continue to evaluate the defensive end leading up to Sunday. Watt, who played last week for the first time since October surgery on his pectoral muscle, was on the field for 52 of 85 snaps against the Bills. His workload increased in the second half and overtime, so it's logical to think Watt will get more playing time against Kansas City.
Watt (shoulder) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday's playoff contest against the Bills. Watt was a full participant in Thursday's practice. Though the star defensive end doesn't officially carry an injury designation, it's likely that he's still working to recover from the torn pectoral muscle he sustained in October, the severity of which caused him to miss eight games on injured reserve. Watt appears set to handle a part-time workload during Saturday's wild-card contest.
Coach Bill O'Brien said Thursday that Watt (shoulder) will take the field "quite a bit" in Saturday's playoff game against the Bills, Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site reports. The Texans activated Watt off injured reserve Tuesday, and he was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a shoulder injury. The star defensive end is also likely still recovering from the torn pectoral muscle he sustained in October, but he's on track to play through both issues. While Watt appears very unlikely to handle his usual every-down role Saturday, he boasts the ability to make an impact even as a part-time pass rusher.
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