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J.J. Watt Talks Recovery from Knee Injury, Says He Feels 'Great'

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 8, 2018

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) is helped off the field after an injury during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said Monday he feels "great" as he recovers from an October knee injury that cut his 2017 season short.

"Like I said earlier in the offseason, I could tell you I'm feeling unbelievable (or) I could tell you I'm feeling super (bad)β€”you won't know until I hit the field," Watt told reporters. "Just show up to training camp, watch how I play and then you can decide for yourself how I look."

The 29-year-old Wisconsin native has appeared in just eight games over the last two years because of injuries. He missed all but three games in 2016 after undergoing back surgery.

Before that, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year was one of the most dominant players in the NFL. He recorded 69 sacks over a four-year span starting in 2012, including two seasons when he racked up 20.5.

Watt was also durable, starting all 16 of the Texans' regular-season games in each of his first five seasons after Houston selected him with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft.

His presence was sorely missed last season as the Texans finished 20th in total defense and 23rd in sacks en route to a 4-12 campaign.

If Houston can get him and quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was enjoying a terrific rookie season before suffering a torn ACL in November, back to full strength, they could bounce right back into playoff contention in 2018.

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