HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans made several transactions on Saturday ahead of the NFL’s mandated 3pm CT deadline to trim their roster to 53 players. The most important transaction wasn’t a release, but an activation.
Defensive end JJ Watt was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and will make his return to Texans practice this week after missing all of training camp. Watt underwent back surgery on the eve of camp to repair a herniated disk and was expected to miss the entire preseason and perhaps the start of the regular season.
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien would not commit to a Watt return for the regular season, but did not rule out Watt playing in the team’s season opener against the Chicago Bears on September 11th.
“I think the arrow is pointing towards (Watt playing against Bears). I would say that we are headed in the right direction with him,” O’Brien said. “I know that it looks decent for him to be able to play in the first game.”
Watt has yet to miss a game in his NFL career and told reporters at the start of training camp he did not want to miss any in 2016. He also wasn’t sure if his doctors would hold him out from the start of the season as he underwent rehabilitation.
The Texans also activated left tackle Duane Brown from the PUP list on Saturday. Their removal is not a guarantee they will play in the season opener. Had either play started the season on the PUP list
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