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Texans' JJ Watt undergoes hernia surgery

JJ Watt (Getty Images)

HOUSTON – When Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt met with the media in Houston on Sunday morning after he was forced to leave the team's disappointing wild card playoff loss because of a groin injury, he was asked what was the diagnosis.

"Not 100 percent sure. We'll get it diagnosed tomorrow but I'll have surgery on Tuesday, take it from there," he said.

As Watt indicated would happen, he underwent sports hernia surgery in Philadelphia Tuesday, according to an ESPN report. The procedure was handled by Dr. William Meyers, the same doctor who performed sports hernia surgery on Texans teammate Arian Foster earlier this season.

Foster underwent the procedure on Aug. 7 and made his first appearance of the season on Oct. 4 in the team's fourth game of the season. Foster was then lost for the season three weeks later when he ruptured his Achilles tendon.

Recovery time for Watt is not yet known.

Watt said he had been dealing with the groin issue for the final six or seven weeks of the season. He had been limited in practice throughout that time.

On Monday, Watt also said his broken left hand was healing very well and expected it to be fully healed in one or two weeks.