Recently, it was reported that Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt underwent back surgery. As most of you may know, he did hurt his back during the NFL season, but that isn’t why he had back surgery. He says it happened very recently.
If it happened after the end of offseason, there’s a chance he could be on the non-football injury list, a place that applies illnesses not happening within team activities. But if Watt is still on the non-football injury list, the team can start to utilize their right not to pay him.
But of course, J.J. Watt being who he is, would more than likely still get paid. According to other sources, it won’t come down to that. His recovery time is to be 6-8 weeks.
Will Watt be good enough or 100% for week one against the Chicago Bears? Only time will really tell that, but for the Houston Texans sake, hopefully he will be good enough to play by week one of the 2016-17 NFL season.
What will most likely end up happening is Houston will take their time with Watt. They wouldn’t want to jeopardize their most prized possession on that team.
But what the Texans need to do is be 100% sure he’s strong enough to be in the week by week grind, they need to keep their top player as healthy as can be so he can be more of a factor to the team.
There’s no doubt about it that after 5 seasons, Watt still has plenty left in his tank, but the Texans will need to take time on him and not rush him back onto the field so they can keep him on that team and in the NFL that much longer.
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