The Houston Texans got some bad news on Sunday after their win over the Oakland Raiders when they found out that two-time Defensive Player of the Year, J.J. Watt suffered a pectoral injury that will sideline him for the remainder of the season.
The injury occurred in the second quarter while Watt was trying to tackle Raiders running back Josh Jacobs for a 6-yard loss. He left the field for the medical tent before going into the locker room and was ruled out of the game before the start of the third quarter.
After the game, Watt tweeted about the injury, and responded to the support he had received from fans and well-wishers.
“This game can be beautiful and it can also be brutal,” Watt tweeted Sunday. “Absolutely gutted that I won’t be able to finish the season with my guys and give the fans what they deserve. I truly love this game and can’t stand letting you guys down. Thank you for all of the thoughts & well-wishes.”
Injury Update for J.J. Watt
“It’s tough,” quarterback Deshaun Watson said of losing Watt. “That’s a big part of this team. But he knows that this locker room, this organization, this town, this city, the Houston nation is definitely going to support him through his recovery. We always love him. He’s going to be right there with us. Important, helping us out. You hate to just see, not just him, but anybody go down and any injury, especially a season-ending injury. All the work that J.J. Watt put in to get to this point.
It’s crazy and it sucks, but we all send our prayers towards him. We love him, and we’re definitely going to support him.”
After enduring two injury-plagued seasons, Watt was healthy last season and played in all 16 games, finishing the season with 16 sacks, which was second in the league. What does a Texans team without J.J. Watt look like? The Texans will be hoping he can return to his previous form when he rejoins the team next season.