J.J. Watt said to be “determined to return for the playoffs”

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The Texans could do more than earn a playoff berth by beating the Buccaneers tomorrow.

They could put themselves one step closer to getting J.J. Watt back on the field.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, those close to Watt believe there’s a chance he could be activated from injured reserve soon, and that Watt is “determined to return for the playoffs.”

It’s unlikely he’d be anywhere close to full strength, after suffering a torn pectoral muscle on Oct. 27. That’s generally a three-month recovery, and he’s closing in on two since the injury.

“We won’t know until that occurs and see where he is because every player who comes back from injury, you have to see where he is and what he can and cannot do,” defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said. “Then, I think that’ll make the difference in how much he can help or will help or if he helps.

“Everybody who has an injury, when they get back, you have to find out what they can do. They have to find out what they can do. With the injury, they haven’t had the opportunity to twist and turn and plant and cut and get hit on it. Those things have to occur to build up the player’s confidence to know the injury’s well, and then he can turn it loose.”

They could obviously use him, as the three-time player of the year is still second on the team with four sacks, after missing six games.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien has refused to close the door on a possible return earlier this week. Because frankly, why would you ever do that?

22 responses to “J.J. Watt said to be “determined to return for the playoffs”

  1. Watching an athlete who is a shell of his former-self routinely attempt to come back is tough to watch. Watt had a great career and has a great charitable foundation. I wish he would just walk away and go live his best life.

  2. J.J. Watt: “Please pay attention to me!!! HEY!!! noone is paying attention to me…SOMEONE pay attention to me. HEY!!”

    every….single….week….

  3. JJ has played 32 out of a possible 64 games over the last 4yrs and he’ll cost the Texans $33mil over the next 2yrs, time to cut bait and run away from him, that’s entirely too much for a guy that can’t seem to stay healthy!

  4. As a Texans fan, I seriously love JJ and his drive, but if he wants to have an NFL career after January, he really needs to shut it down and focus on rehab.

    The injury depleted secondary won’t get enough of a boost from his return to make it anywhere near worth the risk.

  5. Watt is burned out. Retire kid, before your old and decreped. Another star player… not aware of his future,family and friends. Guy is a china doll the last few years.

  6. danbo3330 says:
    December 20, 2019 at 9:27 am
    As a Texans fan, I seriously love JJ and his drive, but if he wants to have an NFL career after January, he really needs to shut it down and focus on rehab.

    The injury depleted secondary won’t get enough of a boost from his return to make it anywhere near worth the risk.

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    Our secondary isn’t injury depleted. They were a few weeks ago, but aside from Reid with a nagging shoulder injury, everyone is healthy. There’s just a lot of new players still learning the system. They’ve been up and down, but shown flashes of potential other than the abomination against Denver.

  7. The playoffs are when you need Watt – not when you sit him. From what I’ve read, The worst-case for a torn pectoral is 4 months. If Watt were to reinjure it, he’s recovered by May.
    The idea that Watt shouldn’t play because the secondary has problems entirely misses the point: Watt’s presence immediately makes the pass rush better, through his own play and by drawing double-teams. The Texans have had a poor pass rush, and that’s put huge pressure on the secondary. Improve the pass rush, and the secondary performs much better.

  8. Good grief, all these keyboard jocks that love to knock Watt would be singing his praise if he was on their team. Guy wants to play and help his team if he can instead of sitting the rest of the year and collecting a check. How you can knock that is beyond me..

  9. Every single one of these posts (except the ones from the Texans fans) would LOVE to have Watt on their team, a guy that goes 100 miles per hour if he’s on that field. If you’ve got a JJ Watt bucking to get out on that field, and he’s cleared, you DO it, no questions asked. He doesn’t have a lot of tread left on those tires. If he’s willing to get after it, let him do it when it counts the most.

  10. He’ll come back for the playoffs and you still won’t hear his name called during the game unless their talking about community service. He’s a good guy but he’s a no show in big games.

  11. We all know Watt is hitting the HGH and PEDs extra hard to get back. For some reason, the league never drug tests this tool. He is as protected as HGH king Brady

  12. Brian Cushing the Sequel? I feel like the Texans have been trying to replicate the Chargers model. Show promise in regular season… but never put it all together. The Texans seem to ALWAYS have injury issues with their skill positions. Every single year for a decade now.

  13. OVERRATED from Day 1
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    In what alternative universe is a player who has been awarded Defensive Player of the Year THREE TIMES overrated?

  14. I admire his toughness. But I admire intelligence more and in J.J. Watt’s case I wish he had more of the later on the football field

  15. Spot duty if activated, isnt a bad thing.

    Just depends on what he wants his body to do. I think he will follow others like Luck and Gronk who retire early….because they can.

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