J.J. Watt did not practice on Thursday due to a hand injury. Wearing a cast on his left hand, Watt was present but working with trainers on the side field.
Head coach Bill O'Brien expects Watt to play on Sunday against New England.
"I don't think it will affect him," O'Brien said Thursday.
Watt said he broke his hand in practice Wednesday, but said he'll play. He will wear a cast on his hand in addition to his usual elbow brace against the Patriots. Watt still plans to continue his pregame tradition of playing catch with fans, though he admitted he may drop a few.
The three-time All-Pro was also limited in Wednesday's practice, listed with a groin/hand issue on the official report.
Watt has started every game for the Texans since entering the league in 2011. He currently ranks third among active NFL defensive ends with his streak of consecutive regular season game starts (76).
The (6-6) Texans will host the (10-2) Patriots on Battle Red Day presented by Halliburton this Sunday at NRG Stadium. The game will be featured on NBC's Sunday Night Football with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. CT.
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