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Bill O’Brien: J.J. Watt “trending toward” playing in Week One

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09:  J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans reaches for Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs during their Wild Card game at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Getty Images

No one expected Texans defensive end J.J. Watt to be ready to play on the first Sunday of the regular season. As of right now, it’s looking like he will.

Appearing on Tuesday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio and NBCSN, Texans coach Bill O’Brien gave a positive assessment regarding a decision that eventually won’t be made by O’Brien or Watt.

“I think ultimately the medical professionals [will decide],” O’Brien said of Watt. “He came out to practice yesterday and we had a full padded practice and he participated in that practice. He didn’t take every single rep, but he was out there quite a bit, so I would say it’s trending toward him being able to play. But again I’ll rely on our team doctor to give me the go ahead on that probably in a couple days here.”

Watt had back surgery in July, a surprise development that, given its timing, created real questions about when he’d be ready to go.

If he plays against the Bears, there will be real questions about the pounding Watt will take. Given that he’ll be constantly engaging with large offensive lineman, it won’t be easy for Watt to serve as a decoy; he’ll either be able to withstand the physical stress, or he won’t.

For now, it looks like he will.

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16 Responses to “Bill O’Brien: J.J. Watt “trending toward” playing in Week One”
  1. mazenblue says: Sep 6, 2016 6:37 PM

    Bill Obrien says “I got me Lucky Charm”

  2. jag1959 says: Sep 6, 2016 6:40 PM

    So in a more forthright age (like 2015) he would probably have been listed as probable come Friday’s injury reports?

  3. bobthebillsfan says: Sep 6, 2016 6:47 PM

    Trending? Trending? Wow, just wow.

  4. therealzeitgeist says: Sep 6, 2016 6:51 PM

    Don’t worry folks, JJ Watt will be in all thirty commercials you’ll see this Sunday.

  5. bassplucker says: Sep 6, 2016 6:59 PM

    Making the Bears signing of Josh Sitton this weekend all the more important.

  6. spotsdad says: Sep 6, 2016 7:18 PM

    Thank You Mrs. Manning.

  7. hugeheavywoman says: Sep 6, 2016 7:22 PM

    Trending?? Coach speak meaning he’s a scratch. LOL.

  8. charliecharger says: Sep 6, 2016 7:35 PM

    Houston is going to be tough, even without Clowney. If that guy ever gets it in gear, he’s an easy HOFer. But talent is only part of the deal. Osweiler gives them instant credibility. 11-5 wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

  9. spotsdad says: Sep 6, 2016 7:40 PM

    It’s more probable than not that O’Brien knows or is generally aware and is not telling the whole truth. We need his cell phone, BB is his mentor after all.

  10. whenwilliteverend says: Sep 6, 2016 7:49 PM

    In other news, Clowney is trending toward being injured for Week One.

  11. stexan says: Sep 6, 2016 9:04 PM

    I expect he’ll start and play a bit, as much to keep his streak alive as to keep the Bears off balance. If they’re in control of the game like they should be then he should sit as much as possible.

  12. jrebar88 says: Sep 6, 2016 10:56 PM

    HGH is a helluva drug

  13. bluenose1965 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:12 AM

    Amazing how a non-descript team like the Texans draws out the trolls. Clowney is a first pick bust, Osweiler is overpaid and Denver didn’t want him and of course JJ Watt is an egomaniac who is on too many commercials.

    For the record, Clowney and Osweiler looked very good in pre-season and JJ is the best defensive player in the league and does a lot of nice things in the community.

    Feel free to ignore the irrelevant Txans. It’ll be better for all of us.

  14. bak2bak2bakhaters says: Sep 7, 2016 3:37 AM

    THANK YOU TEXANS THANK YOU!!! GET USE TO HEARING “AT THE END OF THE DAY IT’S JUST A GAME” FROM BERT,LOSER TALK,OUR 7TH ROUND DIAMOND SAY’S “WE WELCOME THE CHALLENGE” BRONCO’S COUNTRY… DETHRONING THE 72 DOLFINS 16&0 SB51 RING DESIGNS IN THE WORKS!!!BRONCOS COUNTRY B….EZ

  15. justbegbaby says: Sep 7, 2016 9:12 AM

    Trending? Coach speak code for gamblers that means JJ aint playing.

  16. donbat67 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:05 AM

    charliecharger says:
    Sep 6, 2016 7:35 PM
    Houston is going to be tough, even without Clowney. If that guy ever gets it in gear, he’s an easy HOFer. But talent is only part of the deal. Osweiler gives them instant credibility. 11-5 wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

    He gives them credibility ?? Based on what ? Over priced free agent ? Texans are following the Dan Snyder recipe for disaster .

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