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O'Brien remains uncertain on when Watt will return
As the Houston Texans approach their second preseason game against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday at NRG stadium, according to an ESPN report, head coach Bill O'Brien is encouraged by J.J. Watt's recovery from back surgery.
O'Brien told Werder, "I don't think we can predict whether he'll be ready for Week 1 or Week 2, but he's going to be ready sooner rather than later."
The Texans open the regular season with a home game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Sept. 11, followed by a game against the Kansas City Chiefs the next week, also in Houston.
The acknowledgement by O'Brien about Watt's availability is unchanged from the coach's prior comments about the star defensive end.
"He's really on an upward trajectory," O'Brien told Werder. "Everything is going in the right direction.''
Watt underwent back surgery to repair a herniated disc just prior to the start of training camp in late July and was expecting a rough estimate of 8-10 weeks of recovery time.
That timeline would leave his availability for the start of the regular season in doubt.
Watt has never missed a game in his five year NFL career.