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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt re-injures back and placed on injured reserve

Tom Pelissero
USA TODAY Sports
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) heads for the bench after a New England Patriots touchdown during the second half at Gillette Stadium.

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt re-injured his back and the team placed him on the injured reserve list Wednesday morning.

Watt had surgery in late July for a herniated disc and this appears to be the same injury, a person familiar with the injury told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday night. The person requested anonymity because the team has not announced it.

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year was believed to have suffered the injury in Thursday night’s loss to New England.

By being placed on IR,, Watt will miss a minimum of eight weeks. He sat out training camp and the entire preseason after the surgery this summer.

NFL Network was the first to report the development.

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