Sounds like we might not get to see Eric Fisher get another shot at JJ Watt. It’s being reported that Watt, who seems to be hurt often, had surgery for a herniated disc this week and his status for the start of the season - and Chiefs-Texans in Week 2 - is in question.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo is reporting it could be up to a 10-week absence.
On JJ Watt, texted with a source informed of his prognosis who pumped the brakes on early optimism. Cautioned it could take up to 10 weeks.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 22, 2016
The Chiefs play the Texans on September 18. That’s about EIGHT weeks away.
So, yes, Watt’s availability for Chiefs-Texans is very much in question. This is as big of a blow as you expect considering Watt is the Texans best player. He doesn’t play offense (so he probably shouldn’t have a quarterback contract) but he does have a significant impact on defense.
The Chiefs have proven they can beat the Texans with or without Watt but this is still very big news. I imagine Alex Smith smiling knowing he may avoid Watt.