J.J. Watt has been vital to the Houston Texans and the city of Houston in general for nearly a decade. Unfortunately, an injury may prevent him from seeing the field at the start of preseason.
According to The Houston Chronicle, Watt was forced to leave practice early on Monday with a groin injury. Per the report, Watt will miss Thursday’s preseason game for the Texans against the Green Bay Packers.
Fortunately for the Texans, Watt downplayed the seriousness of the injury. He said that the groin “tightened up a little bit,” and plans to be more careful with his approach.
“Yeah, it’s all just precautionary,” Watt said. “The groin tightened up a little bit. Rather than try to push through and do some damage to it, I shut it down. I’ve gotten smarter as I’ve gotten older. I started listening to the trainers a little bit more than listening to my own brain.”
Last season, Watt played all 16 games after missing 24 games in the previous two seasons. He finished the season with a league-leading seven forced fumbles along with 16.0 sacks.
J.J. Watt leaves practice with groin injury as 'precaution', not expected to practice Tuesday or play Thursday night against Packers at Lambeau Field https://t.co/bM7WjhEG1j
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 5, 2019
The Texans won the AFC South title last year thanks in large part to the No. 4 ranked scoring defense led by Watt.
Houston has been a top 10 defense five times since Watt entered the league in 2011. In 2017, when Watt played only five games, the Texans had the worst defense in the NFL.
Suffice it to say, the Texans want to keep Watt completely healthy until the season starts in September.