During Sunday’s NFL Week 8 action, the Houston Texans were able to grab another win, this time coming from behind to beat the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately, the team lost one of their biggest stars. In a JJ Watt injury update, it seems the five-time Pro Bowl defender has confirmed he’ll be out for the remainder of the season due to a torn pectoral injury.
JJ Watt suffers torn pectoral in Raiders game
While the Texans had a late victory thanks to a thrilling Deshaun Watson touchdown pass, they lost JJ Watt in just the first half of action. According to an initial report via Ian Rapoport, a torn pec was suspected as his injury with an MRI scheduled to determine if that’s the case.
The #Texans may have lost star DE JJ Watt to a serious injury. Source said the fear is that Watt suffered a torn pec, which would knock him out for the season. He’ll have an MRI to determine the full extent of the issue.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 27, 2019
The Texans would go on to win their game 27-24 and moved to 5-3 overall. They currently sit in second-place behind the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South division.
While there’s optimism for them to win the division and make a decent playoff run, the news of JJ Watt’s injury loomed overhead after the game.
Per O'Brien, DE J.J. Watt was sent to the hospital to get an MRI.
— Drew Dougherty (@DoughertyDrew) October 27, 2019
Watt tweets to fans following injury
In an emotional tweet that arrived not long after his injury was reported, JJ Watt informed the fans of the unfortunate news. Based on his tweet, in which he refers to the game as “beautiful” and “brutal,” Watt also says he “won’t be able to finish the season with my guys and give the fans what they deserve.”
This game can be beautiful and it can also be brutal. Absolutely gutted that I won’t be able to finish the season with my guys and give the fans what they deserve. I truly love this game and can’t stand letting you guys down. Thank you for all of the thoughts & well-wishes.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 28, 2019
Watt also mentions he feels he’s let the fans down, but injuries are just an unfortunate part of the game. For Watt, it’s yet another disappointing setback in his All-Pro career as his Texans team looks to be amongst potential AFC contenders heading to the playoffs.
While his first five years in the league saw him participate in all 16 games each season, he played in just a total of eight games between the next two.
The 2018 campaign was a return to form for Watt as he played in all 16 again but now will miss the final nine contests of 2019-20. Everyone is certainly pulling for his recovery.