Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is recovering quickly after undergoing back surgery to repair a herniated disc in July. That shouldn’t surprise anyone, because it’s J.J. Watt.
Watt was cleared to run on the sideline during Monday’s practice as he continues his speedy recovery. While it’s uncertain whether Watt will suit up for Houston in the team’s season opener, coach Bill O’Brien remarked that Watt is progressing nicely.
“J.J. Watt obviously will not be back this week, but he’s making a lot of progress in his rehab,” O’Brien said Sunday, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson. “I just don’t think anybody can predict when J.J. will be back. I would say knowing J.J. the way I do that he’ll be back sooner rather than later.”
Watt will likely do everything he can to avoid missing a game for the first time of his career. Of course, the incredibly durable Defensive Player of the Year winner can only do so much as his body continues to heal.