HOUSTON - Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has been out since breaking his leg in week five against the Kansas City Chiefs, but little achievements during his long rehabilitation process keep him upbeat.
"Things have been going really well. The staff’s obviously doing a great job,” Watt said. “Just very happy being able to walk.”
That sounds almost silly for the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, but walking again was a milestone he recently achieved on his long road to recovery from a broken leg.
“When you are not able to walk for two months you really kind of understand how much you take it for granted on a day-to-day basis,” Watt said. “I’m just very happy to be able to get up and get my own food out of the fridge.”
The Texans are obviously missing him on the field as the defense has struggled in his absence, though the bigger problem is he’s far from the only Texans star forced off the field and into the training room by injury.
“We’ve have a Pro Bowl roster in our IR (injured reserve) room. It’s not good,” Watt said.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson and linebacker Whitney Mercilus are among others grinding away with rehab as this season comes to a disappointing close in preparation for next season and the future, which Watt can’t help but feel good about.
“It is one of those things where we look around at each other, there’s a lot of guys in there that know how to have fun and a lot of confident guys,” Watt added. “So there’s a sense of what can happen once we all get on the field together, once we all have a chance to play at the same time. I think there are some really big things ahead and we’re all excited about that possibility.”
Watt also said that once he’s healthy and back from this injury he’s good to go.
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