Texans’ Watt back with teammates, eligible to return for playoffs

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Houston Texans received an early Christmas gift on Tuesday. Superstar J.J. Watt is eligible to return to the team.

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.

Houston Texas star defensive end J.J. Watt reacts after batting down a pass against the Oakland Raiders
J.J. Watt reacts after batting down a pass against the Oakland Raiders (Getty Images)

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.

They allowed 12 points against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2. In Week 4, the Texans gave up 16 points against the Carolina Panthers.

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.

In Week 11, the team gave up 41 points to the Baltimore Ravens. Three weeks later, the Texans defense gave up 38 points to the Denver Broncos.

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.

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