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J.J. Watt has reinjured his back and this time he could miss an extended period of time, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
According to the report, Watt is expected to be sidelined for “an extended period of time” and he could miss the rest of the season.
Ed Werder of ESPN confirmed the report. His source said Watt “probably” will miss the rest of the season.
Rapoport later added that Watt is expected to go on the injured reserve list.
Each team can designate one player to return from IR during the season. However, that player must be sidelined for at least eight weeks.
Watt is the two-time defending AP Defensive Player of the Year. He has won the award three times and was named to the first-team All-Pro team four times in his first five seasons.
Watt suffered a back injury previously and underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in July. While there were concerns at the time that Watt would miss the start of the season he did play in the Texans’ first three games.