HOUSTON, Texas -- Houston Texans DE and Pewaukee native JJ Watt has reportedly re-injured his back and is expected to be out for an extended period of time -- Ian Rapoport said on Twitter Tuesday, September 27th -- citing sources.
Rapoport said sources have indicated Watt could be out for the season.
Watt missed training camp and Houston's four preseason games after surgery in July to repair a herniated disk in his back. He returned started each of the team's three regular-season games and got hurt again Thursday against the Patriots.
It's unclear if the injury will require surgery.
According to an article posted at HoustonTexans.com, Watt was not on the practice field Monday, September 26th with the Texans.
The team worked outside at the Houston Methdodist Training Center after getting off days on Saturday and Sunday. Head coach Bill O'Brien said Watt had a day off.
Watt tallied a pair of tackles on Thursday night, September 22nd in the Texans' loss at New England.
The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has 1.5 sacks and eight tackles in 2016.