Houston Texans: Bill O’Brien punts on question about J.J. Watt’s health

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was asked at today’s presser about J.J. Watt’s health but punted in spite of the latest reports. What’s going on?

The Houston Texans have elevated themselves to a 10-5 record after a spirited, yet bumbling 23-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  They were able to clinch the AFC South in addition to a playoff berth which is their 4th over the past six seasons.

It’s good to know that the Houston Texans will be playing more games outside of the standard 16 but it’s imperative that they make the most of what many consider bonus rounds of play.  The Houston Texans are hardly regarded as Super Bowl contenders but if they can shock the world and win some playoff games, this season will have been a success.

All a team needs are four wins to get to the Super Bowl and it’s tough to figure how they’re going to get those.  However, the playoffs are like another season within itself which occurs during the majority of January.

Let’s hope that the Houston Texans are still playing in late January as well.

But speaking of the postseason, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport is indicating that defensive end J.J. Watt will return back in uniform for the playoffs.  This amid reports over the past few weeks that his recovery has been better than expected and why the team decided to tag him on injured reserve with a designation to return.

Watt has been out since October with a pectoral muscle injury and the news of him being able to

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come back to the gridiron, even if he’s not at 100 percent, is still better than what this team has now onboard.

Bill O’Brien was asked at today’s presser on Watt’s status and he refused to give any information and continued to punt to other questions.

I think it’s highly likely that we haven’t seen the last of Watt and he discretely tweeted out just four words of a phrase a few days ago confirming those sentiments.  Now whether or not he’s talking about his status remains to be seen but Watt has always been good about being sly on social media.

We’ll likely be hearing more about this next week as things transition to the playoffs but I think it’s widely understood that this man will be a part of the Houston Texans‘ postseason.

Let’s hope for the best — go Houston Texans!

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Watt has amassed 24 tackles — 15 solos — along with 4.0 sacks, four tackles-for-loss, 20 quarterback hits, three passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble through his first eight games this season before his injury.