Houston Texans star J.J. Watt finished last season with five torn core muscles, according to ESPN's Tania Ganguli.
The Defensive Player of the Year had the muscles surgically repaired on both sides of his body after partially tearing both his abdominal muscles and partially tearing his right adductor longus. He fully tore his left adductor longus and his left adductor pectineus, which help connect the pelvic bone to the thigh bone, according to Ganguli.
Watt finished last season with 76 tackles, eight batted passes, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a league-leading 17.5 sacks. Watt played three games in a cast as he broke his hand. He also suffered from a back injury during the season.
He did not miss a game as the Texans finished with a 9–7 record and lost 30–0 to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card playoff game.