Ian Rapoport just tweeted what qualifies as truly terrible news for your Houston Texans:
Sources: #Texans star DL JJ Watt has re-injured his back and is expected to be out for an extended period of time. Could be the season.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 28, 2016
#Texans are trying to learn more about JJ Watt’s back, which likely was injured vs. the #Patriots. Massive blow to their defense either way.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 28, 2016
As Texans fans know all too well, J.J. is slightly more than two months removed from back surgery. There's no way to put a positive spin on this. It's a killer.
We'll update with further details or confirmation when we get it. In the meantime, by my count, you have a little less than an hour until the liquor stores close. Get to it.
UPDATE: Awful, horrible, damning confirmation.
NFL sources confirm @RapSheet JJ Watt re-injured his back against the Patriots, expected to be placed on IR and could be lost for the year— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) September 28, 2016
UPDATE II: Why does it physically hurt to read this?
Confirming @RapSheet report bout Watt. Re-injured back against Patriots. Could go on IR and be lost for the season.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) September 28, 2016
Losing Watt terrible blow for Texans. This is the first time an injury will cost him games. Expected to go on IR and be out for season.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) September 28, 2016
UPDATE III: Adam Schefter, can you cheer me up? No? You want to grind these crushed dreams into a fine powder? [EXPLETIVE].
Texans source says on JJ Watt'a back injury, "It doesn't look good."— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 28, 2016
UPDATE IV: Wherein we drink to the prodigal son returning yet continue to weep for the favorite son's departure.
UPDATE V: J.J. Watt addresses the situation.
UPDATE VI: Ed Werder reports that this back injury is to the same disk Watt had surgery on in July.
UPDATE VII: From the guy who broke the story, two days later:
My understanding of the JJ Watt situation: Any hope he returns in ’16 is slim. #Texans believe he’ll be back in ’17. No long-term concerns.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 29, 2016
UPDATE VIII: And there it is. J.J. Watt had back surgery again and is expected to miss the rest of the 2016 season.
UPDATE IX: Final confirmation from the team:
O'Brien: J.J. Watt is out for the year.— Drew Dougherty (@DoughertyDrew) September 30, 2016
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