Houston Texans defensive end and reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt told reporters on Sunday that he will continue to wear a brace on his left elbow, which he dislocated during last year's training camp.
"I just want to be smart with it. I put (his left elbow) through a lot of work over the last week," Watt said. "It's done a lot of work without the brace for the first time in a long time, so I'm bringing the brace back just as kind of a security measure, you know, to make sure it stays secure and it stays safe."
Of course, the brace hardly limited Watt's effectiveness last season. Watt started all 16 games, played in 88.06 percent of the Texans' defensive snaps and led the NFL with 20.5 sacks. Watt further disrupted opposing offenses with 39 tackles for a loss, 43 quarterback hits, 16 passes defensed and four forced fumbles, earning Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors.
Considering how successful Watt was with the brace, head coach Gary Kubiak is happy to see it make a comeback.
"Yeah, I think probably a confidence thing for him or at least until the soreness gets out of his elbow," said Kubiak. "Yeah, if we can have that same production we got out of him last year with that brace, then let’s put it back on...if it’s good luck, he needs to put it back on anyways."