Watt opens up about challenges during surgeries

Houson Texans DE says he feels like he's in a good spot and is ready to tackle the new season.

HOUSTON - Everyone wants to know: Will Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt be ready for the start of the season?

Watt says yes. All the coaches have to do is call his number, and he’ll be on the field.

“I feel great,” Watt said after practice on Wednesday. “I feel no limitations whatsoever. My body feels better than it did for the second half of last season, obviously, with everything we were dealing with. I’m in a pretty good spot.”

Even though Watt feels like he’s in a pretty good spot, he later admitted the doctors, trainers and coaches will obviously have input on how much he’s on the field.

Watt said it’s been a challenging offseason – one in which he’s gained a new perspective.

“Going through two surgeries, I think it’s definitely…the most difficult season I’ve had,” Watt said. “But it definitely gives you a new outlook, kind of a fresh approach. You see things from a different light.”

Watt also opened up about hitting a low point during his first surgery at the beginning of the year.

“When I was in Philadelphia, after the first surgery...I really questioned whether or not I’d ever be able to play again,” Watt said. “Just some of the stuff we were doing from a rehab standpoint, and just the way that the recovery was going early on…there was a very low point there…There’s been some days where it sucked. But I really enjoy the adversity that we face, and I really enjoy having to overcome those things and challenges I haven’t really had before.”

The Texans open their season against the Chicago Bears at noon this Sunday at NRG Stadium.


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