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J.J. Watt‘s return appears to be going in addition to could possibly be anticipated.

The Houston Texans‘ star defensive finish will play within the membership’s preseason opener subsequent week, head coach Invoice O’Brien confirmed Saturday, in accordance with John McClain of The Houston Chronicle.

That may mark Watt’s first stay recreation motion since September,

Rosters for the primary recreation of the exhibition slate are sometimes meaningless. Key gamers are sometimes sidelined even when they are not coping with an damage in hopes of holding everybody wholesome for the common season.

However the reality Watt will probably be out there for Wednesday’s matchup with the Carolina Panthers, even when just for a number of snaps, is a constructive milestone in his restoration from the again damage that restricted him to 3 video games final season.

The Texans’ protection nonetheless completed atop the NFL rankings in his absence, and Watt will probably be an incredible addition if he regains his All-Professional type in his return.

The previous first-spherical decide got here away with Defensive Participant of the Yr honors in an unimaginable three of 4 seasons earlier than struggling the primary main damage of his professional profession.