Houston Texans star J.J. Watt has re-injured his back and is expected to miss extended time and possibly the season, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Watt is “probably” done for the season. Watt will be placed on injured reserve on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Watt, 27, underwent back surgery in July to repair a herniated disk. Earlier in the off-season, he also had five torn or partially torn groin and abdominal muscles repaired. He missed all of the Texans’ preseason.
The Texans are trying to learn more about the injury, which Rapoport notes may have occurred against the Patriots last week. Watt finished the game with just two assisted tackles and no sacks.
Watt has played in the first three games of the season. Before this year, Watt did not miss a game in his first five seasons.
The Texans are now expected to sign defensive end Antonio Smith, according to Schefter.
The Texans face the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.