FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016, file photo,Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt warms up before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. The biggest defensive star in the Lone Star state is out. That's a void for the Hou
Charles Krupa, File
September 30, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Friday that star defensive end J.J. Watt will miss the rest of the season after back surgery.

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year had surgery Thursday, a day after he was placed on injured reserve.

On Friday, O'Brien answered a simple ''yes'' when asked if Watt would miss the rest of the season.

The 27-year-old Watt has started 83 straight games since he was drafted in the first round in 2011.

The four-time Pro Bowler has been a force since entering the league not only because of his pass-rushing prowess, but also because of his uncanny ability to swat down passes. He has 45 passes defended in his six-year career. He has forced 15 fumbles and recovered 13.

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