In the latest JJ Watt injury update he could return this season. Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt suffered a torn pectoral muscle while making a tackle against the Oakland Raiders in Week 8 and had previously been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
At the time, Watt tweeted, “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.”
On Monday, Texans fans got some good news. This when it was announced that the three-time Defensive Player of the Year might return to the team this season. The JJ Watt injury still haunts Houston.
“I’m going to tell you that J.J. is working very, very hard,” coach Bill O’Brien said Monday when asked whether Watt has made enough progress to come back this season. “And he’s certainly made progress based solely on his work ethic and who he’s working with in the training room. And we’ll see how it goes.”
Updated JJ Watt Injury News
At the time of his injury, Watt led the league in quarterback pressures. Alos, led the league with hits. Houston’s pass rush has been ineffective since he was injured. Also, the team is currently ranked 26th in the league with 28 sacks. He had four sacks and two fumble recoveries before the injury. Can a Watt return take Houston to Super Bowl 54?
With the Texans having a one-game lead in the AFC South, they could use Watts help. This will be when the playoffs start. However, the team will have a tough decision to make in the offseason. Watt has two years left on his current contract. However, no guaranteed money left after this season. Will the JJ Watt injury impact his next deal? When he is on the field, there is no denying the damage he does to opposing offenses. However, his health has been a cause for concern.
During his first five seasons in the league, Watt did not miss any games. Picking up his three DPOY awards during that span. In 2016, he played in only three games before suffering a season-ending injury. Also, he went on the IR in Week 5 of the 2017 season. He played the entire season last year, finishing with 16 sacks. However, the pectoral JJ Watt injury derailed his 2019 campaign.
With Watt set to make $15.5 million next season and $17.5 million in 2021. The Texans have to decide if he is worth the price tag or if it is time to move on from arguably the greatest player in franchise history. Is a Watt return coming?