O'Brien on Watt: He will play Sunday

HOUSTON - J.J. Watt was back at practice with the Houston Texans Monday and Coach Bill O'Brien said he will play against the Bears Sunday. 

He practiced in full pads and looked good, according to KHOU 11 Sports reporter Daniel Gotera. 

Watt missed all of training camp and the Texans' four preseason games after surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back in July.

The Texans activated him from the physically unable to perform list on Saturday before Sunday's announcement that he passed his physical.

Watt let fans know that he was ready to return. He tweeted Sunday night, "It's Time" along with a photo of his bloodied self.

Right tackle Derek Newton was also back on the field Monday.

"Both guys were in there, working with their teammates. It’s always good to have your team as close to full strength as possible," O'Brien said. 

Watt, the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in three of the past four seasons, hasn't missed a game in his five-year career.

The defensive end also sat out the entire preseason in 2012 because of an elbow injury and was able to return for the season opener.

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