Watt (knee) termed himself healthy as the Texans' offseason program kicks off, Drew Dougherty of the team's official site reports. "I get to work on my craft, work in the weight room," Watt told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. "Last two years hoping to get back to play and hoping to play at a decent level." After a pair of injury-plagued years, Watt bounced back in 2018 to something resembling his peak from earlier this decade. Overall, he posted his fourth-most sacks (16) in a given campaign while accumulating 61 tackles and a career-best seven forced fumbles in 16 games. Watt underwent a minor procedure on his knee following the Texans' wild-card loss to the Colts, but his offseason otherwise has been preparation-based rather than focused on rehab.
Watt had two tackles, a quarterback hit and two passes defensed in Saturday's 21-7 wild-card round loss to the Colts. Watt deflected a couple of Andrew Luck passes, one of which turned into an interception inside Houston's own red zone, but was not the disruptive force we've seen much of the season. His offside penalty on the Colts' opening possession helped extend a drive that turned into a touchdown. The penalty was emblematic of Houston's performance in a game in which they made unforced errors and were utterly dominated. The frustration of the playoff loss aside, this was a nice bounceback season for Watt, who recorded 16 sacks and played a full season for the first time since 2015. He'll be 30 years old when the 2019 season kicks off and shows no signs of slowing down.
Watt (elbow/knee) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Watt's injuries are not believed to be too serious. He's still on track to play in Saturday's wild-card tilt with the Colts, but confirmation likely won't occur until later this week. The Texans appear to be taking every precaution necessary to ensure that Watt is available for Saturday's contest.
Watt (elbow/knee) was limited in practice Tuesday. Watt is nursing an elbow injury he suffered in Week 17's win over the Jaguars, in addition to the knee injury he dealt with over the past few weeks. The defensive end has played through the knee injury since November, and the elbow injury is not severe, so it's hard to believe he'll be sidelined Saturday.
Watt injured his right arm during Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jaguars, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports. Watt sustained an undisclosed injury to his left arm during a first quarter sack-fumble, saying "my arm just got jacked up in a couple different directions." The star defensive end received X-rays on his left arm Sunday, which did not reveal any significant injury. Watt will undergo more testing in the coming days, but does not appear to be in danger of missing any time as the Texans head into the playoffs.
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