One of the biggest defensive names in the NFL has suffered a huge setback in his pre-season preparations.
Bad news all round in Houston as the Texans were forced to place their star defensive lineman JJ Watt on the Physically Unable to Perform list on Monday.
A big setback
The announcement was made earlier on Monday as one of the biggest names in the league will miss the start of training camp.
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Watt has been one of the biggest defensive names in the NFL for some time now but his 2015 season ended on a low as he got injured.
Over the off-season, Watt underwent surgery on his back for a herniated disc and his recovery - although going well, still has him sidelined.
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Watt's recovery could take anywhere from eight to ten weeks meaning that he could still be a doubt for the Texans season opener against the Chicago Bears on September 11th.
The news was broken via a letter written on JJ Watt stationary and then uploaded to Twitter on Monday.
In the open letter, Watt reveals that doctors are still restricting what he can and can't do signalling that his return to the field could still be a way off.
As with many players who come back from back injuries, it very rare for them to return to the field at 100% and that could be the case for Watt.
Although, it likely goes without saying that the Texans' fans would love 75% of Watt than 100% of some other players.
An interesting year ahead
The Texans are preparing for the 2016 NFL season in which they will attempt to replicate their achievement of last year by reaching the pay-offs.
Houston arguably benefited from being in a weak AFC South division last year, but that could be all about to change.
One of the teams that made the biggest impact in the off-season was the Jacksonville Jaguars while the Indianapolis Colts are also ready to mount a Super Bowl challenge as they will hope Andrew Luck returns at his best.
Even the Tennessee Titans made a splash this summer by signing former leading rusher, runningback DeMarco Murray.
So the Texans will need all of their stars to step up in 2016 as they try to establish themselves amongst what has suddenly become a very competitive division.
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