HOUSTON — Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien says that injured star J.J. Watt is feeling much better and that it “looks decent” for him to play in the season opener against Chicago on Sept. 11.
Watt missed the entire preseason on the physically unable to perform list after having back surgery in July. Last year’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year has started every game in his five-year career.
O’Brien was asked Friday if he expected the defensive end to come off the physically unable to perform list next week. O’Brien says: “I think the arrow is pointing toward that. I think we’re heading in the right direction with him.”
He added that they weren’t ready to activate Watt on Friday, but that the move could come soon.