By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Texans — who believed at first when he initially got hurt that it would be a season-ending injury — now have 21 days to activate him off of the designated to return from IR list. Or, they can end his season by holding him out despite Watt being healthy again from his torn pectoral muscle.
Typically, this is a three-to-four month injury. However, with Watt ramping up to return, he has recovered from this in two months.
Watt — once a feared defensive end — will practice with his teammates. He will be on the practice with his teammates before their season finale game against the Tennessee Titans.
Now, there is some hope that he may return to the roster before their upcoming Wild Card game.
This season, Watt appeared in eight games, including eight starts. He had 24 tackles, including four tackles for a loss and 20 quarterback hits.
He also had 4.0 sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recovery, and three pass deflections.
With him, the team gave up 191 points through Week 9. Three times defense allow fewer than 20 points.
Houston had their best defensive performance of the year thus far with three points allowed in Week 9 against the Jaguars.
The Texans without Watt has given up 159 points since Week 11. Two of those games, Houston allowed 79 points.
Only once without Watt did the defense allow fewer than 20 points, which was in Week 12 against the Indianapolis Colts when they gave up 17 points.