Texans place star DE JJ Watt on injured reserve
HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans have placed star defensive end J.J. Watt on injured reserve.
The move came Wednesday, one day after a person familiar with Watt's condition told The Associated Press he had re-injured his back and that the Texans expect him to be sidelined until at least December - and possibly the entire season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't discussed his injury.
Watt, who has won Defensive Player of the Year for the past two seasons, missed training camp and Houston's four preseason games after surgery in July to repair a herniated disk in his back. He started each of the team's three regular-season games and got hurt again Thursday against the Patriots.
The Texans signed veteran defensive end Antonio Smith to take his spot on the roster.
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