Despite The Risk, Texans DE J.J. Watt Is Eager To Return

Watt acknowledged the risk involved in returning back so quickly, but said it's a risk he's willing to take

Brandon Scott
December 24, 2019 - 1:48 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- J.J. Watt said a couple of days after having surgery on his torn pectoral muscle nearly two months ago, he felt well enough to ask questions about how soon he could return.

The injury was mysterious from the beginning, with Watt not feeling any pain on the play. On the next play, he knew something was wrong and soon he was at a hospital for a closer look.

Watt acknowledged the risk involved in returning back so quickly, but said it's a risk he's willing to take. 

"To me, the opportunity to play in the playoffs, the opportunity to try and help this team win football games, there’s nothing I want more. It’s built into me," Watt said. "I want to be on the field with the guys. I feel really good. We’ve worked extremely hard at rehab.

"We’ve had a very smooth process and everything’s been going extremely well. So I’m really excited to get back on the field with everybody and to be back out there helping my team and playing for this city."

Watt said the best part of this recovery process is that he's been able to run, work out his legs, agility and position drills.

He credited the medical staff for the work they put in, and being able to work out is a plus.

That has been a huge help, both mentally and physically for this recovery. So I’m really excited about what I’m going to be able to do. 

Since Watt was placed on the injured list, he was required to miss at least eight games. The eighth game is this Sunday against the Titans, opening the door for him to appear in the first playoff game with about two weeks of practice. 

The Texans would have to activate Watt the day before game day by 3 p.m. 

It's not something he envisioned when he first learned of the injury.

"When I got hurt, I just assumed I was done. I didn’t even know that there was a possibility," Watt said. "And then literally a couple of days after the surgery, I was feeling so good, I just started asking questions. I said, “is it remotely possible” and we left the door open for a possibility. From there it was day by day, just work, doing whatever I could do, and we arrived here.

"I wouldn’t call it a difficult decision. I get a chance to play in the playoffs with my team and go out there and try to help us win football games. To me, that will never be a difficult decision."

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