J.J. Watt has groin surgery in Philadelphia

HOUSTON -- Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt had his surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia to repair a groin injury he dealt with for about the last month-and-a-half of the season.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Dr. William Meyers performed sports hernia surgery on Watt. Meyers is the same doctor who performed Arian Foster’s groin surgery in August. Foster's recovery took about two months. He returned during the Texans' Week 4 game against the Atlanta Falcons but was very limited.

The good news for Watt and the Texans is that players can't start team activities until mid-April. Watt usually likes to get started sooner than that on his own workouts, but he knows getting healthy and rehabbing needs to be his first priority.

"I’m just looking forward to getting my body healthy," Watt said on Sunday. "Taking some time to make sure that fully heals so I can get back to being 100 percent."

Although the injury goes back several weeks (Watt first missed a practice with it on Dec. 2), Watt never missed game time until Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs. He called that a breaking point for the injury. Watt was removed from the game during the third quarter and the Texans' medical people did not allow him to return.