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J.J. Watt Injury Update: Cleared For Football Activities, Working Out Five Plus Hours Per Day

The best player in the NFL is not retiring anytime soon.

Cincinnati Bengals v Houston Texans
He’s ready. That’s bad news for every team but the Texans.
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After undergoing his second back surgery in a little more than two months, J.J. Watt missed the 2016 NFL season from Week Four on. Despite the gigantic absence that was created by the loss of the best player in the NFL, the Texans’ defense managed to remain an elite unit as other players (especially Jadeveon Clowney) stepped up.

We haven’t heard much from Watt about his progress since the day before he had that second surgery, though we did see him on Houston’s sideline toward the latter part of the season. Today, in the midst of the Super Bowl hullabaloo, J.J. Watt met with the media and updated the public on his health. As you’d expect, it’s awesome news for Texans fans and more or less the exact opposite of that for opposing offenses.

Thinking about what the Texans’ defense could look like next season, with a rejuvenated J.J. Watt, provides quite the dose of optimism about the Texans’ chances in 2017, does it not?