Watt (lower leg) is not expected to start training camp on the PUP list, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Head coach Bill O'Brien has insisted over the last couple months that Watt will be at full strength before the start of the season, and the defensive end avoiding the PUP would mean he may be even further ahead of schedule than originally thought. Barring any setbacks over the next few months, expect Watt to be healthy enough to participate in training camp and remain on track for the start of the regular season.
Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Watt (lower leg) is doing really well and should be back at full strength ahead of the upcoming season, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. O'Brien made similar comments in early March when he deemed Watt ahead of schedule but declined to provide specifics. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year underwent surgery in October to repair a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg, finishing the season with 15 tackles and no sacks in five games. Watt has played just eight games the past two seasons, after averaging 78.8 tackles, 17.3 sacks and 3.8 forced fumbles without missing a single contest from 2012 to 2015. He celebrated his 29th birthday in March and should have plenty of time to get healthy before the start of training camp.
Watt (leg) resumed running in mid-January and remains on track to return in time for training camp, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. Watt underwent surgery in October to repair a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg and still has significant work to do in the recovery process. The 28-year-old could return for Organized Team Activities this spring if everything goes smoothly, but the Texans are likely to proceed with extreme caution to manage the return of their franchise defensive lineman.
Watt (leg) is on track for training camp and expects to start running soon, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. It remains uncertain if Watt will return in time for April's organized team activities, but the four-time All-Pro defensive end at least sounds like he'll be fully recovered weeks ahead of the season opener.
Watt (lower leg) said Friday that he'll be ready to play next season, but isn't certain if he'll be on the field for the start of Organized Team Activities in the spring, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. Watt, who underwent surgery in October to repair a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg, only recently started walking without the aid of crutches, so he's not far along in the recovery process to forecast his return to practice. With Watt having been limited to a combined eight games over the last two years after sustaining a pair of season-ending injuries, it's fair to wonder if the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year will ever return to peak form again.
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