HOUSTON -- Texans defensive end J.J. Watt could play in the team's season opener against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 11.
Watt had back surgery in late July and has been on the preseason physically unable to perform list since then, but coach Bill O'Brien said Friday that "the arrow is pointing toward" the three-time Defensive Player of the Year's return in the season opener.
"I would say we're heading in the right direction," O'Brien said. "He certainly feels much better, obviously than he did two weeks ago. I don't think we're at the point today where we're going to say, 'we're going to activate him right now.' But I know that it looks decent for him to be able to play in the first game."