J.J. Watt Injury Update: Texans DE Announces Date for Groin Surgery

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2016

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) holds his head to the turf after he was injured during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt announced Sunday he will need surgery on his groin, per Drew Dougherty of Texans TV. The procedure is set to take place Tuesday.

"Been dealing with it for six or seven weeks now," Watt told Dougherty.

Watt had to leave Saturday's 30-0 wild-card loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the third quarter, as the nagging groin injury became too much for him to play through.

The two-time Defensive Player of the Year and four-time Pro Bowler had another productive season for the Texans. He finished with 57 tackles and 17.5 sacks, spearheading an excellent defense that led the Texans to the postseason after a 1-4 start to the season.

The team's turnaround was little solace for Watt after Saturday's debacle, however: "Did we do some good things? Yeah. But I'm not too into that narrative. At the end of the day it doesn't matter. It's about results."

Watt and Co. will pursue those results in 2016. The Texans will have some major questions to answer this offseason, however, namely on the offensive side of the ball with journeyman quarterback Brian Hoyer, who had a miserable game versus the Chiefs.

The team will likely have to decide if it can rely on the injury-prone but talented Arian Foster, who will be 30 before the start of 2016 season, at running back. The Texans will also almost assuredly pursue an upgrade under center.