J.J. Watt Hoping To Return For Season Opener

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Texans defensive end JJ Watt underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk in his lower back last Wednesday in Houston. Watt told reporters on the opening day of training camp that he went in for an MRI to check-up on the back which was injured during the 2015 season and his doctors told him the procedure needed to happen.

” Right before training camp we just wanted to do a check-up to see where I was at  and once the MRI came back we realized (the herniated disk) was worse than we thought, Watt said. “That’s why it happened so close to training camp. It’s not because it’s 190 degrees and I just didn’t feel like going out there.”

Watt said the surgery was successful and that for the early portion of his rehabilitation all he can do is walk for short periods of time and to lay down.

“We took a whole bunch of crap out of my back so now I feel good,” Watt said.

Watt said after the first two weeks his ability to move around begins to ramp up quickly. He hopes to be back for the first game of the regular season since he has yet to miss a regular season game in his five year NFL career and does not want to start missing games now.

“I don’t see this being a problem and I don’t plan on missing my first game now, but I can’t promise it,” Watt said.

Alex Del Barrio can be heard on Saturday afternoons with Matt Murphy from 3-7 pm and on Sunday afternoons with Jeremy Branham on Sportsradio 610. Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio

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