Despite their All-Universe defensive terror heading to injured reserve with a back injury, coach Bill O'Brien made it clear Wednesday that his players won't feel sorry for themselves.
"You can never replace the best player in NFL," O'Brien said. "At the same time, this is a team. We got a lot of good players."
Said O'Brien: "We're looking forward to the challenge ahead ... obviously, we all feel bad for him."
It's been a brutal stretch for Watt, who missed the entire preseason after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in late July. This latest setback could end his season, although an ounce of hope remains that Watt could return for a late-year playoff push.
"J.J. did absolutely everything he could do to get back to the field after surgery this summer ... he followed doctors' orders," O'Brien said, adding: "I have no idea when his back injury reoccurred."