Thanks to the woes of basically every other team in their division, the Houston Texans managed to scrape into the NFL playoffs last year out of the AFC South.
The Texans managed it despite a revolving door at the quarterback position, Arian Foster missing the majority of the season, the defensive line being beat up constantly, and a passing offense that rested solely on the shoulders of DeAndre Hopkins.
And then there is JJ Watt, who, despite having what has to go down as below-par year, still managed to pick up Defensive Player of the Year in the face of multiple injuries that slowed him down. Speaking in a recent interview, Watt revealed just how bad things were.
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Watt appeared on SportsRadio 610 on Wednesday and let it be known that he was playing with a broken hand, herniated disc and groin issues at various points in the season.
"Last year was definitely by far the most strenuous on my body that I've ever had, fighting through a bunch of things that I’ve never dealt with before," Watt said.
"We had the broken hand. I had a herniated disk in my back halfway through the year. I had, obviously, everything that went on with my groins and I don’t think everyone fully understand what that process was like."
The broken hand seemed to be the biggest detriment to Watt's play. The big defensive end went through a three-game stretch without a sack late in the season while he played with his hand in a club. That's a big indicator when you consider he managed 17.5 sacks altogether.
Thankfully for Texans fans, Watt went on to say that he's feeling much better now after taking a few months to recover.
"I’m doing pretty darn well," he said. "I feel really good. I’m back to full-fledged training. Obviously, I’m working to get back to my 100 percent tip-top shape. I am back to my full workouts, I’m back to everything. So now it’s just building back to what I was and going above and beyond that, which I will be at by the first game of the season."
If JJ Watt can get back to 100% for the 2016 season then the rest of the NFL better watch out.