Watt has back surgery, expected to miss rest of season

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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt underwent back surgery Thursday and will miss the remainder of the 2016 season.

The Texans had placed Watt on injured reserve Wednesday, meaning he'd be out a minimum of eight weeks.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year missed training camp and Houston's four preseason games after surgery in July to fix a herniated disk in his back. That's a void for the Houston Texans as big as, well, J.J. Watt's persona.

He played through a number of torn muscles last season and broke his left hand last December.

The 27-year-old Watt has started 83 straight games since he was drafted in the first round in 2011. Watt had surgery on Thursday, marking the second time that he's had an operation on his back in the last few months.

This will be Watt's first missed football game since his high school playing days. Clowney was a game-changer at the position in the University of South Carolina's four-man front, with his size, strength and speed often no match for offensive linemen.

The Texans are making this move at a tough time. Watt re-injured his back during Houston's Week 3 loss to the New England Patriots.

The Texans host the Titans at noon on Sunday in NRG Stadium.

"I'm in charge of every play that goes into the game", O'Brien told reporters. "We really need to put our heads together and get after it and get better for the next game, no doubt about it".

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