Just under two months removed from having hernia surgery, JJ Watt continues to appear like he’s superhuman. He returned to the Houston Texans’ practice field on Monday morning, after clearing his physical earlier this week.
Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien believes that his All-Pro defensive end is on track to play in their Week 1 opener against the Chicago Bears. Two weeks ago, he had expressed some doubt about Watt’s recovery timeline. But like he’s done so many times in his career, Watt has proven skeptics wrong and over delivered on expectations.
O'Brien on DE J.J. Watt: "We are headed in the right direction with him. It looks decent for him to be able to play in the first game."
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) September 2, 2016
Vegas oddsmakers have the Texans as six point favorites for the opener against the Bears. It’s a home game for the defending AFC South Champions and it’s against a Bears team that finished in the NFC North cellar a year ago and generally looks like they still have a ways to go to reach contender status.
Still, the Texans’ defense becomes even more elite when Watt is playing there. Even if he’s not 100% yet, Watt’s presence in the game should terrify the Bears’ offensive line and Jay Cutler.