Watt played five snaps during Wednesday's 27-17 loss to the Panthers in preseason Week 1.
Watt made his comeback Wednesday night after undergoing two back surgeries in 2016. He didn't register any big plays or statistics, but that's not what preseason is about, particularly with elite players returning from a serious injury.
Watt will play in next Wednesday's preseason opener at Carolina, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Texans have been taking it easy on Watt, who underwent two back surgeries last year, giving him days off after particularly hard practices. We don't expect to see him play much more than a series, if that, against the Panthers. Head coach Bill O'Brien expects the star defensive end to be 100 percent for the regular-season opener Sept. 10 against Jacksonville.
Watt returned to practice Wednesday after being given a day off Tuesday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Texans are doing their best to manage Watt during the preseason after the elite defensive lineman missed much of last season due to multiple back surgeries. As a matter of fact, it's quite common for Watt to play only a few series during the preseason, so prepare for a similar usage when preseason games begin in the near future.
Watt did not practice Tuesday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Head coach Bill O'Brien said they're "trying to manage" Watt, who missed all but three games in 2016 due to a back injury. O'Brien added that Watt is in good shape and will be ready to go when the Texans kick off the regular season against the Jaguars. Watt should return to practice Wednesday.
Watt (back) passed a team-mandated 'Return to Play' protocol and has been participating in OTAs without any physical limitations, Scout.com's Patrick Starr reports.
Watt originally underwent back surgery last July but perhaps rushed back too soon considering he made it just three weeks into the 2016 season before aggravating the injury. In turn, he needed a second surgical procedure in September that effectively shut him down for the remainder of the year. Relative to the first operation, Watt has been afforded plenty of time to recover this time around and progressed in his rehab without any known setbacks. As it stands, the Texans reportedly have no plans to limit his snaps in 2017 and are preparing for the three-time Defensive Player of the Year to take on his usual three-down role.
|P3||8/26/17||@ NO||8:00 pm|
|2||9/14/17||@ CIN||8:25 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|8||10/29/17||@ SEA||4:05 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|12||11/27/17||@ BAL||8:30 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
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