The past few seasons haven't been great ones for the former three-time NFL Defensive Player Of The Year Award winner JJ Watt, and last night's (Sun. October 8, 2017) injury against the Kansas City Chiefs very much proved that.
Watt is one of the greatest success stories in the NFL, as the former first round pick out of Wisconsin has evolved into one of the most dominant defensive lineman the game has today. Watt's breakout season came in 2012 when he was able to rack up 20.5 sacks in a season, in addition to four forced fumbles and 81 tackles.
He followed that up with a repeat 20.5 sack season in 2014 where he racked up 78 tackles in addition to four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery for a touchdown, and an 80 yard interception for a touchdown. Watt was also used on the offensive side of the ball and hauled in three receptions for three touchdowns.
In 2016 Watt suffered the first major injury of his career, a back injury that required season-ending surgery. He had only racked up one and a half sacks and 8 tackles thus far into the season. Texans fans were excited to see Watt back this season after the drafting of rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson - making the possibilities for the Texans endless in terms of playoff hopes.
Unfortunately, Watt suffered a terrible knee injury during last night's Sunday Night Football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and he will now once again be out for the season.
Watt suffered a fractured tibial plateau in his left leg and needed to be helped off of the field. He was later transported to a nearby hospital where the injury was confirmed. Today Watt had successful surgery per a report from NFL.com, and suffered no ligament damage to his leg.
He would later take to Twitter to apologize to fans for the injury and expressed his devastation:
"I can't sugarcoat it, I am devastated. All I want to do is be out there on that field for my teammates and this city. I'm sorry."
What are your thoughts on the Texans losing Watt for the rest of the NFL season? Do you think he can return to his old self again after yet another season-ending injury? Or will his play-making ability never be the same after suffering from so many bad knocks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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