Thanks to an incredible late touchdown throw by Deshaun Watson, the Houston Texans pulled out a comeback 27-24 win over the Oakland Raiders. Unfortunately, the game wasn't without a cost, as JJ Watt went down during the first half.
The Texans initially announced that he was questionable to return with a shoulder injury. He didn't make his way back into the game.
Now, we have an idea of what the injury is, and the news is not good. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the team fears that Watt suffered a torn pectoral muscle.
That injury would probably end Watt's season prematurely.
Ahead of the season, the Texans traded Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks, breaking up what they hoped would be a devastating defensive end combo for years to come. Watt was still seen as the franchise player at the position, despite an unfortunate injury history in recent years. Now, it looks like the team will be without either one for the stretch run. Houston is now 5-3, and half a game behind the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South. If the season ended today, the Texans would have one of the two Wild Card spots in the AFC Playoffs. We'll have more on JJ Watt's status as it comes out. Hopefully the injury isn't as serious as feared. [
The #Texans may have lost star DE JJ Watt to a serious injury. Source said the fear is that Watt suffered a torn pec, which would knock him out for the season. He’ll have an MRI to determine the full extent of the issue.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 27, 2019