Houston Texans star J.J. Watt is unsure if he will be ready for Week 1 of the new NFL season after undergoing surgery on a herniated disc last Wednesday.
Watt, who is regarded as the best defensive end in the game, struggled with the problem throughout last season and was told by medical staff that surgery was the best course of action.
While the Texans take part in training Camp, Watt has been placed on the Active/PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list and is limited to walking just now.
“I can’t put a solid start date on when I’m going to be able to play,” Watt told the Texans official website.
“I’ve never missed a game in my five years. In 2012, I missed all of training camp and didn’t have a problem there. I don’t see this being a problem. I don’t plan on missing my first game now, but I can’t promise it. I’m going to do everything I can.”
“I’m five years into this now and I’ve learned that if you end up missing a game or two in the short term to save yourself in the long term, that’s smarter,” Watt added. “But that’s not to say I’m going to miss a game or two.
“I’m out here with the mindset to play Week 1 and if it comes Week 1 and they say, ‘You’re not ready’ then I’m not ready. I’m going to listen to what the doctors say and I’m going to do everything they tell me to do. But it’s my mindset to work to play for game one.”