J.J. Watt undergoes back surgery, will start training camp on PUP list

Well this is some news as training camps are set to open next week: Houston Texans All-Pro defensive lineman J.J. Watt underwent back surgery this week and will start camp on the physically unable to perform list.

J.J Watt (AP)
J.J Watt (AP)

Houston’s veterans report to camp on July 30.

The news was first reported by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Players on the PUP list for training camp can be taken off at any time.

McClain notes that Watt is expected to be ready for the Texans’ season opener against the Chicago Bears.

However, citing a source, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo tweeted that Watt’s recovery could take up to 10 weeks, which could lead to him missing at least the first game.

Watt has started the first 80 games of his career, never missing a contest. He has 74.5 sacks in those 80 games and is the reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year.