Breaking: J.J. Watt is back for the Houston Texans playoff hopes

J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans make it official and are expected to bring back defensive superstar J.J. Watt to the active roster.

In what seemed little surprise after rumblings earlier in the month, the Houston Texans will bring back J.J. Watt from the injured reserve after getting hurt in the first half against the Oakland Raiders. According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Texans are designating Watt to return, and he will have a 21-day window to practice with the team before they decide whether to activate him to the 53 man roster.

This is a huge set of events for the Texans after it was initially expected for Watt to be sidelined for the rest of the season for the third time in the last four years. Despite the injuries that have begun to pile on the former three times defensive player of the year, Watt continues to be a beast at his position and wrecking offensive game plans.

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Watt currently has 24 tackles, 20 quarterback hits, four sacks, four tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble through eight games. The Texans could use that type of production in the playoffs when the defense has to face better offenses in the league.

Watt’s timetable is impressive, given that he tore his pectoral muscle almost two months ago.
Watt will be defying sports medicine and the preconceived notion that it takes it longer to recover from a pectoral injury before resuming a physical sport such as football.

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Given the timing of the move, this is excellent news for Texans on Christmas Eve as Houston gears up to close the season against the Tennessee Titans in Week 17.