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Bill O'Brien: J.J. Watt uncertain for first two games

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Will J.J. Watt be recovered from back surgery in time for Week 1?

That's the question hanging over the Houston Texans' preseason in an AFC South that suddenly seems hyper-competitive.

Although Watt has yet to miss a game in his five-year career, coach Bill O'Brien recently acknowledged to ESPN's Ed Werder that the Texans are still unsure if the three-time Defensive Player of the Year will be available for the first two regular-season contests.

As the transcendent defensive force of his generation, Watt is widely viewed as the NFL's most valuable non-quarterback. Houston's chances of winning a pair of home games versus the Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs take a sizable hit if Watt doesn't suit up.

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