J.J. Watt returned to the field Sunday and shook some proverbia. cobwebs off in the win over Chicago.
"I'm knocking a little bit of rust off," Watt said. "I think as we move forward here, I'll start to feel fully like myself again, but there's definitely some things I wish I could've done differently today."
The 3-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year finished with a tackle and three quarterback hits in the 24-13 triumph, and was glad to be back with his teammates.
"It's been a long road, and to be out there with my teammates for a win, it feels great," Watt said. "It feels really good. We overcame a lot, so it's just good to be back out there with my brothers."
Watt didn't play every defensive snap, but he was on the field quite a bit. Head coach Bill O'Brien said the Texans won't have him on a defined play count, but they'll evaluate how he feels.
"We definitely need to see how much he played, see how he feels,"O'Brien said. "I think J.J. knows his body better than anybody. He knows what he means to our football team, and however many plays he was out there, we'll look at that."
Watt and the Texans host the Chiefs next Sunday at NRG Stadium, and face New England on the road the following Thursday night.
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