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Texans place J.J. Watt on injured reserve list

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Later Tuesday night, he discovered it was because J.J. Watt, the three-time Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year, was headed to injured reserve.

Watt returned for Week 1 against the Chicago Bears, despite having surgery on a herniated disk in his back in late July.

But though Smith appeared in all 19 regular season and postseason games for Denver a year ago, he never started and registered career lows of 2 1/2 regular season sacks and seven tackles.

Watt, who has won Defensive Player of the Year for the past two seasons and three times overall, didn't practice on Monday, however, coach Bill O'Brien said Watt was just getting a day off. According to Rapoport, Watt may have re-injured his back in Week 3 against New England. Could be the season. This won't be fun, but it is necessary in order for me to return 100 per cent and play at the level I am capable of playing at.

"Everybody deals with adversity in their lives, many much worse than what I'm going through". Smith, who won the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos last season, has recorded 311 tackles and 47 sacks throughout his 12-year National Football League career, including two and a half last year in Denver.

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The Texans' defense may now be in a four-way tie for third place in sack totals, but Watt was noticeably out of sync in the first three weeks of this season.

"After the first surgery there were some days there where I really questioned whether or not I'd ever be able to play again", he said earlier this month. It was a significant drop-off from last season, when he recorded 17 1/2 sacks and three forced fumbles en route to his third Defensive Player of the Year honor.

With Watt relegated to the sideline, he knows that people will be looking to him to show the talent that made him a No. 1 pick.

"To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates", Kaepernick said.

Dez Bryant has a slight hairline fracture in a bone in his right knee, though Dallas coach Jason Garrett says the receiver might not miss a game. However, the Titans lead 15-13.

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