J.J. Watt confirms season-ending injury with emotional note on Twitter
J.J. Watt has been one of the best defenders in the NFL since his debut in 2011, but the star defensive end has sustained another costly injury.
Unfortunately, the five-time All-Pro with the Houston Texans was injured in Sunday’s game. Though the extent of the injury was not immediately known, Watt was taken for evaluations.
He confirmed on Twitter Sunday evening that he is indeed out for the season:
This game can be beautiful and it can also be brutal. Absolutely gutted that I won’t be able to finish the season with my guys and give the fans what they deserve. I truly love this game and can’t stand letting you guys down. Thank you for all of the thoughts & well-wishes.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 28, 2019
Watt did not mention what the injury actually was. However, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the injury was feared to be a torn pectoral:
The #Texans may have lost star DE JJ Watt to a serious injury. Source said the fear is that Watt suffered a torn pec, which would knock him out for the season. He’ll have an MRI to determine the full extent of the issue.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 27, 2019
This ultimately marks the third time in the last four seasons that an injury has kept Watt out for an extended period of time. He appeared in a total of eight games between 2016-17 before a 16-sack performance in a full 2018 season.
After converting from TE to DL with the Badgers, Watt finished his Wisconsin career with 36.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. He has 96 sacks, 157 tackles for loss, and 264 QB hits over a brilliant nine-year NFL career.
Hopefully, Watt is a full-go in 2020.