David Garrard, or Matt Moore, or Ray Lucas, or some other unfortunate soul will see this Week One.
Watt was injured when a teammate ran into the back of his extended arm, sending his elbow in the wrong direction. Head athletic trainer Geoff Kaplan popped it back into place on the field before Watt was taken for X-rays.
"We dodged another bullet," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said on Thursday afternoon. "All the tests came back good, and obviously, he’s going to miss some time, but he’s going to be ready to go. And knowing J.J., it’s going to be pretty darn quick. So we’re very, very fortunate. He was already in there rehabbing when I walked over to practice."
Kubiak said he would not put a timetable on Watt’s injury because the Texans are in no hurry to rush him back for preseason games. An emerging star on the Texans’ defense, Watt had 56 tackles and 5.5 sacks as a rookie last season along with 3.5 sacks and an interception return for a touchdown in the playoffs.
"We know what we’re going to get from J.J.," Kubiak said. "The key is that he’s there on noon September 9th (for the Texans’ Week 1 game against Miami). We know he’s going to be there, so we’ll get the rehab process going, make sure we keep his conditioning level up and move forward."
According to Kubiak, there is no concern about Watt having lingering effects from his injury after he returns.
"Doctors felt very good about it," he said. "That’s the only conversation I’ve had with ‘em at this point."
Looks like Tim Jamison, not Jared Crick (no matter what certain dolts think), will be running with the first team in J.J. Watt's absence. Jamison was ahead of Crick on the depth chart anyway, but Crick is apparently fighting a "minor neck issue" to boot.
So, in summary, J.J. Watt dislocated his elbow. The Texans don't know (or aren't saying) how long he'll be out, though they expect him to play in the regular season opener. And Kubes admits that something evil lurks under one of the practice fields:
“I think there’s something buried there on Field 1,” Kubiak said. “I don’t know. We’re going to move over to field 2 and 3 and see if we can keep them upright.”