J.K. Watt has spoken out about his recovery from a torn ACL suffered in Week 3 of the NFL season.
Watt was forced to miss the rest of the season due to a torn patellar tendon, and the Texans running back is currently working out with his personal trainer in Las Vegas, Nev.
Here’s a look at what Watt had to say.
Q: What was your mindset before the season started?
A: “I was in good spirits.
I had a lot of energy.
I was trying to stay focused.
I’m very focused on how to improve my game and how to help my team win.
I feel like this is going to be a great year for me, and I’m excited to be back.
It feels good.
I have my teammates there to motivate me and motivate me to be myself and play like I did last year.”
Q: Who are the players you are working with?
“The running backs.
The quarterbacks are all here, so I’m looking forward to getting some work with them and see what they can do.”
Did the injury affect your play?
A.: “Not really.
I think I’ve played really well this year.
I’ve been working out and getting the ball to my feet, and it feels good to be out there with the guys.”
Q- What are your goals heading into the offseason?
A.- “My goal is to continue playing.
I love the game.
I like being out there.
I want to be the best I can be.
My goal is just to play every day, and that’s what I’m doing.”
Q.: Did you know the injury would be so bad?
A.(Laughing): “I didn’t really know.
I didn’t know what the injury was.
It was just a little bit of a surprise.
I knew it was a tear.
I thought I was pretty good the last couple weeks.
But now I’m in the recovery mode, I’m just waiting for the swelling to subside and to be able to get my body ready to be on the field.”
Q.- Did you have any expectations heading into training camp?
A., (Laugh:) “I never knew.
I just kind of did what I always do.
I kind of let my guard down and let the injuries happen.
I try to do my best every day.”
Were you ready to get back to work on the football field after a season where you missed time due to injury?
“Yeah, I definitely feel like I’m ready to go.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with me.
I’ll just continue to work out and play.”
Q./Watt: “No, I don.
I can’t be too worried about it.
I know I’m going to come back stronger and better.”
Q.– Did the rehab for your ACL feel different than usual?
A/Watt:”It feels a lot different than when I was in there before.
I definitely felt a lot more confident in my body.”
Q/Watts: What do you think the main difference between this season and last was?
A:”Getting in a different position and getting out there and just running.”
Q___Q/ Watt: Is there anything you have to work to be better?
I guess the biggest thing I want people to understand is that I’m not going to make excuses.
I mean, I want the people who are complaining to know I know what I did was wrong.
I did the best that I could and I was ready to play the rest, so the biggest things are going to take care of themselves.
I went through rehab, and everything just worked out.
I am just happy that I was able to go through it.
That was the biggest adjustment for me.
Just getting out of rehab, I feel much more confident.
I started out my rehab in the preseason and the next couple weeks were really tough for me to get out of.
It took a little time.
Now, I am ready to work.
It’s going to get easier for me and the way I feel.
It will get easier the longer I’m out there.
“Q:”Are you feeling confident heading into your second offseason?
Are you ready?
A- I am.
I always say that.
I never want to go in there and make excuses because I want everyone to know that I have the best plan for me.”QQ/ Watt: What does it mean to be healthy in your second season?
A– I feel a lot better.
It helps me feel like my body is in better shape.
I still have my injuries, so there’s still things I have to get better at.
I get to go out there, I have more reps and I get my feet wet.
I haven’t had a real good offseason.
But I’m still ready to come in, get a better feel