J.J. Watt suffered a season-ending tibeal plateau fracture a little less than two months ago. He underwent surgery, and on the rare number of times we’ve seen Watt since then, he’s been on crutches. Which is to be expected, Dr. David Chao says.
Note that crutches still being used as #JJWatt approaches 8 weeks post surgery. Indicates severity of tibial plateau fracture. Long recovery but will be ready for 2018. https://t.co/GjV9At27vM https://t.co/zOWxbAL7A1— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) December 1, 2017
This morning, however, we saw Watt without any crutches, taking his first steps without assistance since the injury.
We walkin!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/PYg4MdZQBv— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) December 1, 2017
That is a gnarly scar. J.J. still has miles to go with his rehab and many months before he’ll return to the field. Nevertheless, this marks a tangible and large step in his effort to return to being the generational talent Texans fans have been so fortunate to root for since 2011.