The Houston Texans’ most valuable asset is in danger of missing the entirety of training camp.
NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, however, expressed a slightly more pessimistic timeline. Per a source informed of Watt’s prognosis, Garafolo reported that the recovery could take up to 10 weeks, which means the defensive star would miss regular-season games.
The Houston Chronicle was the first to report the news.
Although Watt has yet to miss a game in his five-year career, he’s now racing against the clock to get his body in football shape for the season opener. After playing through a broken hand and severe groin injury last year, he underwent sports hernia surgery earlier this offseason.
With Brock Osweiler, Lamar Miller and rookie speedsters Will Fuller and Braxton Miller adding playmaking ability to a punchless offense, Texans have been a trendy pick to capture the AFC South crown and perhaps even make a run at the Super Bowl.
For that dream scenario to have a chance of playing out, they will need the game’s most dominant defensive force at full strength.
“The NFL’s investigation concluded that Hardy violated the Personal Conduct Policy by using physical force against Nicole Holder in at least four instances,” the NFL said in April of 2015.
Hardy spent nearly all of the 2014 season in Carolina on the Commissioner’s Exempt List until pending criminal charges against Hardy were adjudicated.
The Jaguars have spent the 2016 offseason loading up on defensive talent and becoming a trendy pick for the playoffs. Adding a lightning rod like Hardy, one the least popular players of the last decade, would only put the spotlight more on the team.
A few friends who know a thing or two about a rivalry with Pittsburgh will be at Saturday’s #OrangeOut. Will you?
— FC Cincinnati (@fccincinnati) May 10, 2016
“Cincinnati and Pittsburgh is probably one of the nastiest rivalries in football,” Peko told the soccer team’s website. “Whenever we play Pittsburgh, everyone wants us to beat them. That’s how I feel when it comes to soccer. Hopefully we can get this big win.”
Of course, Cincinnati’s soccer team will be hoping that their game doesn’t end like the Bengals’ game in January did, because that would involve two players pulling a Burfict and Jones and getting red carded at the worst possible time to cost their team a win.
The game in Cincinnati starts at 4 p.m. ET.
Julian Edelman reportedly has second foot surgery, likely out until camp