Back injury may end Watt’s season
A person familiar with J.J. Watt’s condition says he has reinjured his back and the Texans expect him to be out until at least December, and possibly the entire season.
The person spoke to the Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t confirmed the injury.
Watt missed training camp and the Texans’ four preseason games after surgery in July to repair a herniated disk in his back. He returned to start each of the team’s three regularseason games and got hurt again Thursday against the Patriots.
It’s unclear if the injury will require surgery.
Watt, who has won Defensive Player of the Year the past two seasons, didn’t practice Monday, but coach Bill O’Brien said then he was just getting a day off.
NFL.com first reported the news. J.J. Watt Pats get QBs back: Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie Jacoby Brissett were both in uniform as the Patriots went back to the practice field.
Which one of them will be at quarterback when the team hosts the Bills on Sunday remains a mystery at this point.
Garoppolo missed last week’s game against Texans with a throwing-shoulder injury that occurred during the second quarter of the Patriots’ win over the Dolphins on Sept. 18.
In Garoppolo’s absence, Brissett, a third-round pick, successfully led the Patriots (3-0) past the Texans in his first career start but suffered an apparent right thumb injury sometime during the second half.
It’s all added more in- trigue as the Patriots prepare for their final game before the return of Tom Brady from his four-game “Deflategate” suspension. Neither Garoppolo nor Brissett was available to the media Tuesday.
Brissett didn’t have any coverings on his thumb and could be seen both texting with the thumb and using it to lace up his cleats. But later at practice he did have tape on his thumb and wrist as he stretched.
Garoppolo didn’t have any visible braces or bandages on his shoulder.
Coach Bill Belichick deflected questions on the status of his quarterbacks earlier this week, deferring to the mandated injury report which will be available for the first time this week today. Panthers add safety: The Panthers signed two-time Pro Bowl selection Michael Griffin to a one-year deal to add depth at safety.
Griffin, the 19th pick of the 2007 draft, was released by the Titans after nine seasons. He signed with the Vikings in March but was placed on injured reserve with a back injury when final cuts were made.
The 31-year-old was released with an injury settlement a few days later. Extra points: The Bears signed former Lions RB Joique Bell to add depth after starter Jeremy Langford injured his ankle during Sunday night’s loss to the Cowboys. Also, the Bears placed CB Kyle Fuller (Mount Saint Joseph) on IR. He had arthroscopic knee surgery during the preseason. ... The Falcons expect WR Mohamed Sanu to be available Sunday against the Panthers, ESPN reported. Sanu suffered a shoulder injury Monday.