Watt had four tackles, a sack, a pass defensed and a forced fumble in Sunday's 42-36 loss to Tennessee.
With Tennessee offensive tackle Taylor Lewan hurt, Watt schooled his replacement, Ty Sambrailo, to strip sack Ryan Tannehill. The fumble was recovered by teammate Jacob Martin at the Titans four-yard line and set up Houston's first lead of the day late in the third quarter. The sack was Watt's first since Week 2 and gives him a team-high three.
Watt had four tackles in Sunday's 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh.
Watt has remained healthy thus far and played a season-high 72 snaps against the Steelers. He has 10 tackles and two sacks through three weeks.
Watt had two tackles, both sacks, three quarterback hits overall and a pass defensed in Sunday's 33-16 loss to the Ravens in Week 2.
Watt had been on the injury report last week with a hip injury, but the Texans may have been cautious with their star defensive lineman. He recorded the first sacks of 2020, but he was also part of a defense that got rolled by a running game (230 yards, 6.2 YPC) for the second straight week.
Watt (hip) does not have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Watt was limited in practice all week, but it doesn't look as though he was ever truly dealing with an injury that threatened his status for Week 2. The veteran defensive end has played only one full 16-game slate since 2016, so the Texans may simply intend to limit his practice reps as a precaution going forward.
Watt (hip) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Watt is accustomed to playing through injuries, and there isn't a major concern about his status since he's still on the field in some capacity. Still, it's worth monitoring his status since he's Houston's best defensive player, playing 91 percent of snaps in Week 1.
Watt had three tackles and two quarterback hits in Thursday's 34-20 loss to the Chiefs in Week 1.
Watt was on the field for 63 of 69 defensive snaps (91 percent) and lined up at end and the interior of the line. With just one full season in the last five, the 31-year-old Watt is an injury risk but also a high-reward lineman who can disrupt offenses.
Watt returned to practice for the first time since Aug. 14, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Watt has been limited to sideline workouts as a precautionary measure and is not injured. "It's always good for us when he's out at practice, no doubt about it," Texans coach and general manager Bill O'Brien said. "He's on a schedule there to get him ready for the season and it's just good that he's out at practice." The three-time Defensive Player of the Year has spent significant time on the injured list three of the past four seasons.
Watt didn't practice for a second consecutive day Monday and is not expected to do much this coming week, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Watt, who missed eight games with a torn pectoral muscle in 2019, does not have a new injury. The Texans merely don't want to expose Watt to potential injury during camp, thereby preserving him for the opener on Sept. 10 against the Chiefs.
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 had one tackle, one sack and two quarterback hits in Saturday's 22-19 overtime win over the Bills in an AFC wild-card playoff game.
Watt played his first game since suffering a pectoral injury in October that required surgery. He played 52 of 85 (61 percent) defensive snaps, primarily on passing downs. He provided more than just an inspirational lift for the Texans, who move on to the Divisional Round next Sunday against the Chiefs in 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.
Watt (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
Watt only recently returned to practice and apparently picked up a shoulder injury in Tuesday's session in addition to playing through a still-healing torn pectoral. Expect the Texans to take it easy with the 30-year-old in the hopes he'll be able to go in a part-time role against the Bills in Saturday's Wild Card round.
Watt (pectoral) has been activated from injured reserve and will play in Saturday's playoff game against the Bills, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
It was though that Watt's season was over when he underwent surgery for a torn pectoral muscle in October, but he was able to recover more quickly than expected and will return to action in the postseason. Watt is not expected to play every snap Saturday, but his presence on the field in any capacity will no doubt need to be accounted for by Buffalo.
Watt (pectoral) will participate in Tuesday's practice, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Coach Bill O'Brien wouldn't expand on Watt's status for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Bills, but the door is still open depending on how he progresses through the practice week. As Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported last week, if Watt's able to suit up, it's unlikely he's an every-down player, which is reasonable considering torn pectoral muscles usually take longer than eight weeks to recover from. However, even if Watt's not at full strength, his pass-rushing prowess would be a clear boost to the Texans' defense.
Watt (pectoral) does not expect to be an every-down player if he is activated off the injured list, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Watt was recently designated to return from injured reserve and began practicing with teammates. "I feel extremely excited about being able to be back on the practice field with the guys," Watt said at a Tuesday press conference at NRG Stadium. "There's an element of risk involved as well. To me, the opportunity to play in the playoffs, it's just there's nothing I want more. It's built in there." If ready to play, Watt is expected to make appearances on passing downs and provide a lift to a Texans' passing defense that ranks 30th in the NFL with 270.3 yards allowed per game.
Watt (pectoral), who was designated for return from injured reserve Tuesday, will start practicing this week with the intention of being available for the Texans' first postseason game, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
The Texans will be playing hosts to an unknown opponent in the wild-card round, and getting Watt back from a torn left pectoral will be welcome news to a pass rush that has managed 31 sacks, which is the eighth fewest in the NFL through 15 games.
Watt (pectoral) is being designated to return from injured reserve Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Watt will now be eligible to return to practice and will have a 21-day window to be added to the Texans' active roster, giving him a chance to return for a playoff run only two months after undergoing what was initially thought to be season-ending pectoral surgery. The star defensive end has far surpassed expectations in regards to recovery time and would be a welcome addition to a Houston front that currently ranks 25th in the NFL with 31 sacks in 2019. Keep an eye on his practice status during next week's practice sessions to get a gauge for when he might return to game action.
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