Texans’ J.J. Watt Placed on Injured Reserve

By Staff  |  09/28/2016

J.J. Watt

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has reinjured his back and was placed on injured reserve Wednesday (Sept. 28).

The 27-year-old NFL star underwent back surgery during the offseason, after playing through a herniated disk in his back last season.

It's currently unclear if Watt will return later this season or not. Reports say she would be eligible to return to practice after six weeks on IR, and then, to game action after eight weeks -- which, if all goes well, means he could be back Nov. 27 against the San Diego Chargers. However, a team source tells ESPN: "I do believe that he will miss the season, but with the new rule this year, if he were to be ready in December, he could come off IR. Long shot."

Following the news, Watt took to Twitter, telling fans that he "will be back". Sources say he's seeking a second opinion.

Following offseason surgery, Watt missed all of training camp and the preseason, but started all three of the Texans' regular-season games so far, recording 1.5 sacks and 8 tackles total.

He played through the injury last season, before aggravating it late in the offseason. He also had surgery in January to repair five torn core muscles.

The Texans have signed veteran defensive end Antonio Smith to fill Watt's open roster spot.