The 2018 NFL season is still months away, but teams will be gathering for offseason programs before we know it.
And one team – the Houston Texans – may get a big boost from the return of two of its best players.
On Thursday, two-time defensive player of the year and reigning NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year J.J. Watt posted a video on his social media accounts of him and quarterback Deshaun Watson jogging on a field at the team facility.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 8, 2018
“Biggggg Day!!!!!,” Watt captioned. “Somethin special brewin!!!!”
Watt suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg on October 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs, which required surgery (the scar is pretty gnarly), and has meant a slow, deliberate recovery for the soon-to-be 29-year-old.
Watson was starting to ignite not just Houston fans but NFL fans with his stellar play at quarterback when he suffered his own season-ending injury on Nov. 2. Watson tore the ACL in his right knee in practice.
The injury came days after Watson’s amazing performance in Seattle against the Seahawks, a game the Texans ultimately lost, but saw the then-rookie throw for over 500 yards and match Seattle score-for-score in one of the toughest road stadiums in the league.
When Watson got hurt, Houston was 3-4; the Texans won just one of nine games the rest of the season.
Without Watt and Whitney Mercilus, Houston’s defense was the 32nd-ranked unit in the league.
Does a healthy Watt and Watson mean the Texans are ticketed for Super Bowl LIII? Who knows? But their chances are a lot better with them than without.