The Houston Texans took a significant hit to their front seven in Sunday’s 42-34 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Star defensive end J.J. Watt suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg on the first drive. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Watt is out for the season and will be placed on injured reserve.
The Texans pass rusher was helped off the field limping and taken to the sideline medical tent before being carted to the locker room. He was later seen on crutches getting into an ambulance.
This is the second consecutive year that Watt was been ruled out for the year before Houston’s bye. The All-Pro missed 13 games last season with a back injury.
“I don’t have a ton of information on it, but I feel terrible for the guy,” Houston coach Bill O’Brien said after the game. “With that being said, knowing him and knowing the type of guy he is, he’s an amazing human being, he’s an amazing human being’ and he will work extremely hard to be back, to be back to play for his football team. I know that.