Watt reiterated that he has no doubt he will play Week 1 against New England, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
After missing 24 games the past two years, Watt was cleared to practice without any restrictions at the beginning of training camp. It's hard to say if he'll ever regain his historically dominant form of 2012-15, but there doesn't seem to be any question about his availability. Watt hopes to play in at least one preseason game as a tune-up before Week 1.
Watt (leg) is hopeful to play in at least one preseason game, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Watt, who avoided beginning training camp on the PUP list and has been cleared for full activity in practice, hopes to test out his surgically repaired leg in a game situation at some point during the preseason. He's not expected to participate in the Texans' preseason opener against the Chiefs on Thursday, but wants Houston to allow him to get a few live reps in the coming weeks. The team has proceeded cautiously with their star defensive end in past years, as the 29-year-old has dealt with several serious injuries en route to playing in just eight tilts throughout the past two seasons.
Watt (leg) has been cleared to practice without restrictions, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Texans general manager Brian Gaine said the defensive end is "full-go" as Houston opened training camp Wednesday. That doesn't mean head coach Bill O'Brien will unleash Watt, who has been limited to eight games and 23 tackles over the last two seasons due to leg and back injuries. The Texans have made it a practice to limit Watt's exposure during preseason, so expect the organization to proceed with caution and primarily focus on getting the three-time Defensive Player of the Year ready for the start of the regular season.
Watt (leg) aced his conditioning test Monday, reports ESPN's Chris Mortensen (via Adam Schefter).
After missing 24 games the past two seasons, Watt recently posted a couple pictures to his instagram account which suggest he's back in peak shape. He was held out of the Texans' offseason program while recovering from a tibial plateau fracture, but he's been running since mid-January and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. It isn't out of the question for the 29-year-old defensive end to regain his form of 2012-2015, a stretch in which he averaged 79 tackles and 17 sacks per season.
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.
|P3||8/25/18||@ LAR||4:00 pm|
|1||9/9/18||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|2||9/16/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/18/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
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