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

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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