The Texans are in the thick of the playoff race in 2019 despite being down one of their best players. Five-time Pro Bowler and three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt went down with a pectoral injury after making a tackle Week 8 against the Raiders hasn’t been back on the field since.
No one really expects him to come back, but that was until a report surfaced on Sunday that gave that option a possibility.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport suggested that the All-Pro Houston Texans defensive end could return for the postseason, if not sooner.
“Sources say that Houston is saving its final injured reserve/designated to return spot for Watt, and that there is real optimism from all parties that he can return for the playoffs. Yes, Watt could be back just three months or earlier after tearing his pec.
There is even a possibility, albeit slim, that Watt, who had four sacks in eight games to go with a whopping 20 QB hits before his injury, could be back for Week 17.”
Watt will have another MRI in a few weeks to gauge where he is health wise.
Watt has been injured quite a bit over the years, missing the final 13 games of the 2016 season and losing his 2017 campaign to a Week 5 knee injury that required surgery.