Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans officially announced they have put J.J. Watt on the Injured Reserved list Wednesday morning. This announcement came hours after it was reported Watt had injured surgically repaired back again during the Texans game against the New England Patriots.
Watt, the 3-time defensive player of the year, had surgery in July to repair a herniated disc in his back and missed all of training camp before returning for week 1.
The Texans also officially announced they re-signed 12-year veteran Antonio Smith to take Watt’s place on the 53-man roster.
Being put on IR means that the Texans have to wait at least six weeks to designate if Watt can return. Each team can allow one player to come off the IR each season. The Texans have not used their IR-designated to return list.
Watt had 1.5 sacks and 8 combined tackles on the season.