J.J. Watt could qualify for the Texans in the postseason, after initially believing Week 8’s finger flexion would reduce him by 2020.
Watt was removed from the IR and returned on Tuesday. While acknowledging that his quick recovery could increase the risk of another injury to his surgically repaired muscles, he said the draft should play in Houston’s first playoff.
“I feel extremely excited to be able to return to the practice team with the guys,” Watt told reporters. “There is obviously a risk element, which I understand, but for me the opportunity to play in the playoffs, to try to help this team win football matches, there is nothing I want more, it is embedded in me – I want to be on the field with the kids. “
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Coach Bill O’Brien revealed earlier this month that Watt was making positive strides in recovering from an upper body injury sustained in a raid victory, promoting this development.
Watt, a three-year NFL defensive player of the year, also missed significant portions of the 2016 and 2017 campaigns with season-ending injuries.
Four sacks were recorded, one forced on and three passes defended in eight regular-season games. His earlier than expected return could give a significant boost to a Houston defense that has no one with more than 7.5 sacks.
At 10-5, the Texans are currently paved to finish as seed no. 4 in the AFC. They secured a postseason point with an AFC South-clinching 23-20 win over the Buccaneers last Saturday.
Omnisport contributed to this report.