On the same day that Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a devastating leg injury, Houston Texans’ all-world defensive end J.J. Watt also went down with a serious leg injury.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Watt suffered a tibial plateau fracture to his left leg. The tibia is the larger of the two lower-leg bones and the plateau is the area associated with the knee joint.
The injury does end Watt’s season.
Watt collapsed on what looked like a garden-variety pass rush against the Kansas City Chiefs during “Sunday Night Football.”
Watt’s knee appeared to buckle when he planted his left leg.
Here is the replay.
On Monday morning, Watt issued a short statement on Twitter apologizing and saying, “I am devastated.”
I can't sugarcoat it, I am devastated.
All I want to do is be out there on that field for my teammates and this city.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 9, 2017
Here is how Medscape describes this particular injury. It does not sound good:
“The tibial plateau is one of the most critical loadbearing areas in the human body; fractures of the plateau affect knee alignment, stability, and motion. Early detection and appropriate treatment of these fractures are critical for minimizing patient disability and reducing the risk of documented complications, particularly posttraumatic arthritis.
Watt was eventually taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
If that is not enough, here is the reaction from a Texans fan that sums up the current state of the franchise and their fan base.