J.J. Watt shares video of first treadmill work since tibial plateau fracture

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Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has been around the team since suffering a season-ending tibial plateau fracture in Week Five against the Chiefs, but he’s always been on crutches when spotted on the sideline.

Watt’s rehab has progressed to a point where he’s able to discard them to work out, however. Watt posted a video in a Instagram story of his first workout on a treadmill that he captioned with “Big Day!!!” and “#FirstSteps.”

There’s a lot of other steps for Watt to take before he’ll be in position to return to the team, but none of them are possible without taking that first one.

Watt has played just eight games over the last two seasons — a back injury wiped out most of 2016 — to interrupt a career that saw him win three defensive player of the year awards in his first five NFL campaigns. Getting back to that level may not happen, but the Texans will still look forward to seeing what their defense will look like with Watt and Whitney Mercilus back to health alongside Jadeveon Clowney.

12 responses to “J.J. Watt shares video of first treadmill work since tibial plateau fracture

  1. Watt is one of the best defensive players we’ve seen in years. ONE OF THE BEST! I don’t don’t mind seeing him in the news. Better than seeing Kelce, Cam, Talib, Crabtree, etc.

  2. Watt is one of the best defensive players we’ve seen in years. ONE OF THE BEST!

    Watt could’ve been one of the best but you can’t make the club in the tub.

    Watt has played just eight games over the last two seasons…

  3. Watt has played just eight games over the last two seasons…
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    Prospective…
    He has still played 2 more games than Andrew Luck has over the past 3 seasons. Watt didn’t miss a game for his first 5 seasons. 5 seasons is longer than the average NFL career.

  4. Watt is one of the best defensive players we’ve seen in years. ONE OF THE BEST! I don’t don’t mind seeing him in the news. Better than seeing Kelce, Cam, Talib, Crabtree, etc.

    ………..

    What did Kelce ever do to be lumped in with that clown crew? Dude has been flagged literally 2 times in his career for boneheaded antics on the field which led to penalties.

  5. Tibeal plateau fractures are tough to come back from. I understand JJ is running, but I would not be surprised if he never regained his form.

    I’m not a Texans fan, but I respect JJ Watt’s talent and I wish him to continue a good recovery.

  6. Great players stay on the field, you can’t be great if you’re not on the field.

    It doesn’t work like that.

  7. I still can’t believe GQ picked Kaep as citizen of the year and not this guy. If raising $37Million for natural disaster victims isn’t good enough to earn that award, then I guess GQ just has other motives.

  8. joetoronto says:
    November 29, 2017 at 10:21 am
    Great players stay on the field, you can’t be great if you’re not on the field.

    It doesn’t work like that.
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    So a guy breaks his back and leg playing all-out and it doesn’t count? Okay! We’ll say he was great for a few years.

  9. chiefsfolife says:
    November 29, 2017 at 9:06 am
    Watt is one of the best defensive players we’ve seen in years. ONE OF THE BEST! I don’t don’t mind seeing him in the news. Better than seeing Kelce, Cam, Talib, Crabtree, etc.

    ………..

    What did Kelce ever do to be lumped in with that clown crew? Dude has been flagged literally 2 times in his career for boneheaded antics on the field which led to penalties.
    ————–
    Number of penalties by year:
    2017 – 4
    2016 – 6
    2015 – 7
    2014 – 4

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