Jan 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

J.J. Watt Played With Multiple Torn Elbow Ligaments In 2012

J.J. Watt lead the Houston Texans with 20.5 sacks last season – and he did it all under pain.

John Brannen of the Houston Chronicle reported earlier today that Watt’s dislocated elbow during practice before the season began last year was still bothering him throughout all 18 of the Texans games. Most of you would have noticed Watt’s arm brace during the entire regular season, but apparently “all of the ligaments” were torn, and he was never 100 per cent.

The fact that this news has only just come out is a testament to Watt’s toughness. Not that he ever needed one, but Watt never used his injury as an excuse during the season for any kind of poor play – something a lot of players are fond of these days.

Watt can thank himself for the pain though, since he popped the elbow back into place himself. Luckily he has an entire offseason to rest and see that those ligaments heal up.

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