MONDAY HUDDLE: How will Texans move on after Watt injury?

5 takeaways from this weekend's football scene around the state

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Here are five takeaways from this past weekend's football action around the state.

What’s next for Texans after Watt injury?

For the third time in four seasons, the Texans saw star defensive end J.J. Watt’s season cut short due to injury. 

But nobody in the league will feel sorry for the Texans, so how do they move on without Watt out after he suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Sunday’s 27-24 win over the Oakland Raiders?

For starters, other defensive players will obviously have to step up in expanded roles.

Whitney Mercilus, not Watt, actually leads the team in sacks and will have to continue to excel, while rookie Charles Omenihu (two sacks) will possibly get a chance to thrive in an expanded role, as will Carlos Watkins. 

Second, the secondary will have to play much better than it did in the first half of the year to help compensate for Watt’s absence. The Texans are 28th in the NFL in pass defense.

The Texans could also try to look for help in the trade market before Tuesday's trade deadline, but any trade made wouldn't be major. 

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