Texans’ J.J. Watt Out for the Season With Leg Fracture

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is out for the season after he suffered a tibial plateau fracture in the team’s 42-34 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, coach Bill O’Brien said Monday.

Watt fell to the ground while engaged in a block on the Chiefs’ opening drive. The veteran defensive end was helped to the sideline by the Texans training staff and was looked at in the sideline tent before being taken off on a cart. He was eventually taken to a hospital in an ambulance.

O’Brien also confirmed that outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus will be out for the remainder of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

“The deal in this league is that the train doesn’t stop moving,” O’Brien said. “These guys are there, and they’re going to have to step in.

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SOURCE: ESPN, Sarah Barshop