The Houston Texans announced that DE J.J. Watt suffered a tibial plateau fracture to his left leg. He will undergo an MRI to determine ligament and any other damage to his knee.
Ian Rapoport reports that Watt is out for the season and will be placed on injured reserve in the coming days.
Texans DE J.J. Watt suffered what appears to be a left knee injury during the first quarter of Sunday night’s game and had to be helped off the field by trainers. After an examination on the field, he was taken to the locker room on a cart.
Watt was clearly in a great deal of pain, so the fear is that this could be a very serious knee injury for one of the games best players.
Watt, 28, is a former first-round pick of the Texans back in 2011. He’s currently in the fourth year of his eight-year, $108.88 million contract that includes $51.8 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $10.5 million and $11 million over the next two years of the deal.
Entering tonight’s game, Watt had appeared in four games and recorded 13 tackles, no sacks, and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 4 interior defensive lineman out of 122 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Watt as the news is available.