Here’s what kind of injury the Houston Texans’ star has.
J.J. Watt suffered a tibial plateau fracture in the first quarter of the Texans’ loss to the Chiefs on Sunday night.
Houston’s star defensive end had to be carted off the field and taken away in an ambulance.
Watt is out indefinitely and will undergo further testing, though surgery is expected and he’s likely to miss the rest of the season.
It’s believed that the injury Watt suffered is a “more severe trauma” than a torn ACL.
JJ Watt’s injury, a tibial plateau fracture, is a more severe trauma to the joint than an ACL. Instead of a ligament tearing the bone broke.
— Dr. Mark Adickes (@jocktodoc) October 9, 2017
This is the play that caused it:
Very little contact on JJ Watt's injury. pic.twitter.com/eXoKEe6zo7
— Sports Videos & GIFs (@Sports__GIF) October 9, 2017
Watt, a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, missed the final 13 games of the 2016 regular season with a back injury.
He says he is “devastated.”
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.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 9, 2017
A sixth-month recovery period is expected.
From David Chao . @ProFootballDoc on J.J. Watt: 'Freak injury. Worse than ACL. anticipate 6 month recovery.'
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 9, 2017