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Texans lose Watt to knee injury, likely for season

By Sam Monson
Oct 9, 2017
Houston Texans J.J. Watt

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HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans is helped off the field after being injured in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
  • Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt was forced from Sunday night’s game with a knee injury, reported during the game as a tibial plateau fracture, which is likely to shut him down for the rest of the 2017 season.
  • This marks the second straight season in which Watt has been shut down early with injury, but unlike a season ago, he had been playing something like his best before going down, earning an overall PFF grade of 89.3 so far in 2017.
  • Watt hadn’t recorded a sack in 2017, but did take the quarterback down five times and had 15 total pressures to his name, the eighth-most pressures of any interior defender and the most among interior players yet to notch a sack.
  • With Watt down, Christian Covington saw a season-high snap count of 45, recording just one pressure on 30 pass rushes and earning a game grade of 44.4.

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