Texans DE J.J. Watt Able To Run, Participate In Position Drills

Watt said playing in the first playoff game is the plan, as long as he feels like he's progressing

Brandon Scott
December 24, 2019 - 4:22 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- The best part about this recovery process for J.J. Watt has been his ability to run and participate in agility drills and position drills. 

That's what he was doing Tuesday just moments after meeting with media members about his return in time for a Texans playoff run, just two months after suffering a torn pectoral against the Oakland Raiders.

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, who coached for the Texans defense from 2014-2017, said he had not followed Watt's injury closely. But upon being told the details, Vrabel quipped, "Oh when you bench 550 pounds that happens sometimes."

Watt likely isn't benching 550 pounds these days, if only out of caution.

Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus said Monday that Watt had been doing pushups and pull-ups. Watt said he's "not going crazy with it, but easing my way back in." He has the rest of the week and next week to get ready for the first playoff game. 

Watt said playing in that game is obviously the plan, as long as he feels like he's progressing. 

"I feel very good," Watt said. "We've been building up and we have metrics that we've been trying to hit to make sure that we are on the right path and we're not doing something just on a whim, not just because I want to do it or we want it to happen, because we've systematically taken this approach and I'm in a good spot.

"I can't put numbers on it or anything, but like I said before, it's different when it's upper body compared to lower body. It's not like I can't run, it's not like I can't do things. It's a different injury and it's been much easier to deal with than my other ones."

The Texans end the regular season Sunday when they host the Titans at 3:25 p.m.

From there, the Texans are likely the No. 4 seed. If the Kansas City Chiefs lose at home to the Chargers and the Texans beat the Titans, Houston moves up to the No. 3 seed. 

The Buffalo Bills are locked into the No. 5 seed and would be the Texans opponent if they finish at No. 4. If the Texans get the third seed, they'd play the No. 6 seed, which is most likely the Titans or Steelers, where the Watt's younger brother T.J. is among the league leaders in sack. 

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