Houston Texans’ top defensive lineman J.J Watt reportedly re-injured his back last Thursday against the New England Patriots.
Watt has won the Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, 2014 and 2015. He would also score 5 touchdowns during the 2014 season, being the only defensive lineman since 1944 to do so. In 2015, Watt would suffer a groin injury and fractured left hand, but would still play the entire season.
It was a phenomenal year for Watt when you consider his injury. He’d make 76 tackles in route to leading the league with 17.5 sacks, 8 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles and fumble recovery. The performance would earn him his fourth Pro Bowl selection in a row. Though he would not be able to participate in the Pro Bowl, because he would go under the much needed groin surgery for his sports hernia. Watt would also collect his third DPOY award that season, becoming the only player aside from the great Lawrence Taylor to do so.
However, the injury bug would follow Watt back in July. He suffered a back injury from a herniated disk. Watt was able to take care of the injury and was believed to have a shot at playing the 2016 season. The belief stopped once Watt re-injured his back last week and is now expected to be out for the 2016 regular season.
This is a devastating blow to the Texans team. Will Watt ever dominate his position like he has again?