Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is approaching full health seven months after a left tibial plateau fracture ended his 2017 season.
Watt suffered a season-ending injury for the second consecutive season and at age 29, is gearing up to be on the field for keeps when the Texans open the 2018 season. He has played in only eight total games the past two seasons.
“Like I said earlier in the offseason, I could tell you I’m feeling unbelievable (or) I could tell you I’m feeling super (bad) — you won’t know until I hit the field,” Watt said. “Just show up to training camp, watch how I play and then you can decide for yourself how I look.”
Watt is running, lifting weights and doing light agility drills. He should be at full strength for training camp.
“J.J. has a great attitude. He’s a very positive guy. He’s been in a great mood the whole offseason about where he’s at,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said.
Watt, the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, has been working to get back on the field alongside his girlfriend, Kealia Ohai, who plays for the Houston Dash soccer team and recently worked to return from a torn ACL.
“She’s been a huge inspiration to me,” Watt said. “Not only seeing her rehab and seeing her go through everything and being able to get back on the field and play the game she loves, but also her helping me through mine. She was so incredible. For two months after my surgery with my knee, I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t stand up. I couldn’t do anything. She had to literally help me do everything from showering to eating to cleaning up.”
–Field Level Media