J.J. Watt’s season was supposed to be over, but a shocking return is suddenly in play.
There’s “real optimism,” according to NFL Network, that the Texans star could return for the playoffs if Houston — which is 7-4 entering Sunday night’s game against the Patriots — qualifies for the postseason. Watt, the 30-year-old defensive end, tore his pectoral in October, and at the time even Watt conceded he wouldn’t be able to return.
“This game can be beautiful and it can also be brutal. Absolutely gutted that I won’t be able to finish the season with my guys and give the fans what they deserve,” Watt wrote on Twitter after the injury. “I truly love this game and can’t stand letting you guys down. Thank you for all of the thoughts & well-wishes.”
The Texans have one injured reserve/designated to return spot, and per NFL Network, they’re leaving the spot open in case Watt can join them for a possible run at the Super Bowl. The report says that there’s even a slight possibility of Watt returning for Week 17.
Watt has four sacks in eight games this season. He played in every game over his first five NFL seasons, but was limited to three games in 2016 because of a herniated disc and five games in 2017 because of a leg fracture. Last season he played in all 16 games and had 16 sacks.
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