Texans Activate J.J. Watt From IR, Place S Tashaun Gipson On IR



Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Texans have officially activated DL J.J. Watt from injured reserve and placed S Tashaun Gipson on injured reserve. 

Gipson, 29, signed on with the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Wyoming back in 2012. He returned to Cleveland a one-year restricted tender with the Browns worth $2.356 million for the 2015 season before signing a five-year deal worth $35.5 contract with the Jaguars in 2016.

However, the Jaguars released Gipson last March and he later signed a three-year, $22 million deal with the Texans. 

In 2019, Gipson appeared in 14 games for the Texans and recorded 51 tackles, three interceptions, one defensive touchdown and eight passes defended.

According to Sarah Barshop, the Texans will activate DE J.J. Watt to the roster this week, enabling him to return to play Saturday in the Wildcard Round against the Bills. 

Watt was designated to return from injured reserve a week ago after suffering a torn pec earlier in 2019. 

It’s obviously a huge addition to Houston’s defense as they look to win a playoff game for the first time since 2016. 

Watt, 30, is a former first-round pick of the Texans back in 2011. He’s in the fifth year of his eight-year, $108.88 million contract that includes $51.8 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $13 million and $13.5 million over the next two years of the deal.

In 2019, Watt has appeared in eight games and recorded 24 tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble, two recoveries and two pass defenses.

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