J.J. Watt returns to practice for Texans

J.J. Watt was back at practice on Tuesday.

The veteran defensive end, who hurt a pectoral muscle during the Week 8 home victory over the Raiders, was glad to be reunited with is teammates.

"I feel extremely excited about being able to be back on the practice field with the guys," Watt said during a Tuesday morning press conference at NRG Stadium.

Watt's been on injured reserve since late October. He underwent surgery and attacked the rehab process. He was very quick to thank the team's medical and training staff.

"The medical team here has done a great job," Watt said. "It's been a very smooth process and everything's gone extremely well."

The 3-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has four sacks, four tackles for loss and 20 quarterback hits in eight games this season. He explained the key reasons he's returning to practice.

"To me, the opportunity to play in the playoffs, the opportunity to try and help this team win football games, there's nothing that I want more," Watt said.

After the surgery, Watt didn't think he'd be able to play again this season. But he said he felt so good physically, that he started asking the medical staff questions about the healing and rehab process. He began to check off milestones in the recovery, and saw that a return could happen.

When he found out he could physically do it, Watt said the decision to return was an easy one.

The Texans wrap up the regular season this Sunday at 3:25 p.m. CT versus the Titans.

Watt will be eligible to return to game action during the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

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