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Houston Texans News: J.J. Watt To Return To Practice Next Week (UPDATE: Or Not)?

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On a day that's left Texans fans decidedly less cheery than they were yesterday, a ray of sunshine comes through the clouds.

That's a look of steely resolve.
That's a look of steely resolve.
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans fans needed some good news in the face of this morning's confirmation that Nick Martin will miss the entire 2016 season. To the surprise of no one, J.J. Watt delivered.

While Watt's status is subject to change and a return to practice doesn't necessarily mean he'll be ready for the regular season opener against the Bears, news that he could be back on the practice field before the season starts has to be considered positive, particularly after Bill O'Brien recently expressed some uncertainty about when J.J. would return (despite being optimistic about his progress) after Watt went under the knife a little more than a month ago.

Right now, with so many questions surrounding the health of various players who are being counted on to make big contributions this season, we'll gladly take this heaping dose of optimism.

UPDATE: Ed Werder is refuting Rapoport's report.

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