The note reads:
"As I sit here, recovering from back surgery, the doctors won't really let me do much, so I end up just pacing around my house all day. I spend a lot of my time reading through the notes and letters that y'all have sent to me and trying to respond to as many as I can. I know I won't be able to respond directly to everyone, so I wanted to write one note to all of you to say thank you.
"You make our jobs possible, you make them fun and you make difficult times like these much easier. So thank you, I truly appreciate you. See you on the field very soon."
Watt's surgery for a herniated disc will sideline him for the start of training camp, as the Texans placed him on the physically unable to perform list on Monday. He could make a return to the field in eight weeks, though NFL Media's Mike Garafolo noted that his recovery could take as long as 10 weeks. As with many players who have undergone back surgery, it's difficult to expect Watt to return at 100 percent even when he is cleared to hit the field, though 75 percent of Watt is much better than 100 percent of many other players.