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J.J. Watt Has Second Back Surgery, Expected To Miss Remainder Of 2016 NFL Season

Adam Schefter says it’s now official. Texans fans react to confirmation that the best player in the NFL won’t be suiting up again this season.

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No more of this in 2016.
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When Texans fans first heard two nights ago that J.J. Watt had suffered another back injury and would be placed on Injured Reserve, the reaction was predictably emotional. Soon thereafter, a debate sprung up about whether J.J. should even play again this season if he didn’t need surgery, or if he should simply shut it down until 2017 regardless of the need for surgical intervention. In light of Adam Schefter’s report late tonight, it appears we now know that J.J. Watt’s 2016 season is over.

There’s nothing profound to say here except to express the most sincere of wishes that Watt has a complete recovery.  As indestructible and otherworldly as J.J. Watt has been since the Texans drafted him in 2011, here’s hoping he takes all the time he needs to get healthy without worrying about when he’ll return to the field.

UPDATE: Official word from the Texans:

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