In the latest NFL news the Houston Texans have officially confirmed that JJ Watt is out for the rest of the 2017-2018 NFL season. On Sunday, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt left the game against the Kansas City Chiefs during the team’s first defensive series while being blocked as he was trying to get to the quarterback.
Watt looked like he was in a lot of pain when he hit the ground, and had to be helped off the field by the team’s trainers. He was then taken to a hospital after being checked out by the team’s doctors, and after the game, the team announced he had fractured the tibial plateau in his left leg.
After the game, there was some optimism that the injury won’t be season-ending because other players that suffered a similar injury weren’t out for too long.
According to ESPN, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien told reporters on Monday that Watt’s injury is a season-ending one. Watt’s injury will leave the Texans defense with a big hole to fill, because the three-time Defensive Player of the Year is one of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL.
To make matters worse for Houston, O’Brien also revealed that outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus, who left the game with an injury a few plays before Watt did, will also miss the remainder of the season.
With Mercilus out, the Texans will be without two of their best defensive players for the rest of the season, which will make trying to win the AFC South for the third consecutive season difficult.
The injury to Watt makes it the second straight season his season ended early. Last season, Watt missed Houston’s final 13 games because of a back injury. The team’s season opening loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars was Watt’s first game since September 2016.
This year, he will be forced to miss the team’s final 11 games. In the four games he played this season, Watt had 13 tackles and no sacks.
On Monday, Watt apologized to the Texans and his fans.
“I can’t sugarcoat it, I am devastated. All I want to do is be out there on that field for my teammates and this city. I’m sorry,” Watt wrote on Twitter.