J.J. Watt Practicing, But Playing Time Sunday Unknown

By Paul Gallant, SportsRadio 610

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – It isn’t easy to get injury information from Texans head coach Bill O’Brien. He typically swats away injury questions like J.J. Watt swats passes.

Speaking of Watt, we’re all wondering how much he’ll play in Sunday’s season opener against the Bears. When asked at today’s press conference, O’Brien hinted that he’ll see a lot of time.

“I always just try to do what the medical people advise me to do,” said O’Brien. “I just know that he’s been out there practicing and that he’s been in there quite a bit in practice so that’s good for the Houston Texans.”

But Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel was more reserved when I asked how many snaps Watt would play.

“This week is an evaluation week for what he’s able to do and what the medical people feel he can handle,” said Crennel. “So after we consult with those guys, we’ll make a determination about how we’re going to use him and all those kind of things.”

Yesterday, Watt told the media that he’d wondered if he’d play football again after his first offseason surgery. Texans defensive tackle Vince Wilfork – who rehabbed his way back from major surgery himself (torn achilles 2013) – understands what Watt was going through.

“Mentally, it kind of wears you down,” said Wilfork. “When I was hurt that was probably one of the biggest things for me. Just being able to sit down and do nothing. That’s tough. So when something gets taken away from you that you love, you start questioning a lot of things. Is it worth it? How are you going to come back? How long is it going to take? What’s it’s going to be like the next couple of months? But I think he worked his tail off to get back.”

Wilfork hinted that Watt may need to change his strategy a bit so he won’t have to fight back from serious injury again.

“He’s getting a little older himself,” said Wilfork. “He’s not going to be the same as when he first stepped in. So there are things that he’s going to have to do differently. And he understands that.”

Paul Gallant hosts “Gallant at Night” – Tuesdays 9-11 PM, Wednesdays 8-11 PM, and Fridays 8-11 PM on SportsRadio 610. He also hosts SportsZone Unfiltered – Fridays at 10 PM – on The Kube: Channel 57 and the Spoiler Alert Podcast – available weekly on iTunes and SportsRadio610.com. Get in touch with Paul via email or his facebook page.

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