Bill O'Brien Says J.J. Watt Continues To Progress

Texans coach won't say when Watt will be activated

Adam Spolane
December 30, 2019 - 11:13 am

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Texans head coach Bill O'Brien wouldn't say when J.J. Watt would be activated off injured reserve, but he did say the three-time defensive player of the year continues to make progress toward returning to the field for the Texans AFC Wild Card game against the Buffalo Bills Saturday at NRG Stadium.

“J.J. came back last week, and he practiced," O'Brien said Sunday after the Texans 35-14 week 17 loss to the Tennessee Titans. "We kind of built him up throughout the week. He did a little individual in the beginning, and then he was able to take some practice reps during the week. He's on the way, and we'll make a determination on that at some point next week.”

A day later, the Texans coach explained what he'd like to see from Watt throughout the week leading up to Saturday's game.

"Just continuing to build on what he did last week, rep wise," O'Brien said. "Some of the things you would have to do relative to what his injury was."

Watt was placed on injured reserve after tearing a pectoral muscle during the Texans week eight win over the Oakland.

The injury was thought to be a season-ender, but after a faster than expected recovery,

Watt returned to the practice field last week with the intention of returning for postseason play. Watt admitted in a Christmas Eve press conference that he could re-injure his pectoral by returning, but O'Brien is confident the Texans star will give the team a true assessment of how he feels. 

"He's very honest where he is," O'Brien said. "Throughout his career he's been a very honest guy when it comes to how he feels and what he can do."

Watt has sacked the quarterback five times in six career playoff games, but his most memorable playoff moment came during his playoff debut when he intercepted a pass from Andy Dalton and returned it for a touchdown in a 31-10 Texans win.

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