J.J. Watt could miss the Texans’ first two regular season games, head coach Bill O’Brien tells ESPN.com’s Ed Werder (on Twitter). O’Brien says that he is encouraged by the progress being made by the defensive lineman, but it sounds like he’ll need some additional time to heal up.
If Watt is out for Weeks 1 and 2, he’ll be absent for home contests against the Bears and Chiefs. After that, it’s a short week of rest for Houston as they have a Thursday night showdown with the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. on Sept. 22.
Watt, 27, has never missed a regular season game in his five-year career. In each of the last four seasons, Watt has earned Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro selections, solidifying himself as one of the most terrifying defensive players in the league.
Over his five seasons in the league, Watt has averaged 74 tackles, 15 sacks, and nine pass defended per season. In 2015, he finished with 76 tackles, 17.5 sacks, eight passes defended, and three forced fumbles. As Roster Resource shows, the Texans’ defensive end group outside of Watt includes Devon Still, Christian Covington, new addition Alex Carrington, and Brandon Dunn. If Watt misses significant time, they may want to pick up a DE.
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