HOUSTON -- Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt made his 58th career sack without a helmet. This worried his mom.
Immediately after the game, she called him to make sure he was OK.
Though he assured her he was fine, she wasn't satisfied and checked back a few hours later.
"I put more air into the helmet now," Watt said. "Hopefully 330-pound men won't try to rip it off again. It comes off easy if they try."
Though Watt is on the receiving end of many cheap shots during games, he did not consider this one of them. The Kansas City Chiefs' Jah Reid was called for illegal use of hands, a penalty the Texans declined, but Watt considered the contact incidental.
"Maybe I got a little low and his hands got high," Watt said. "I don't think there was anything wrong with that play."
Watt's nose might disagree.
"Very painful," Watt said. "The chin strap is still on, it scrapes up your nose. Basically just straight over the top of your head."
Watt didn't think much of the play at first, beyond his delight at sacking Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. He instinctively continued the play after losing his helmet. It was one of two sacks he had in the game, giving him his 18th career multi-sack game. That's the most of any player since 2011, which was Watt's rookie year.
"People made such a big deal out of it," Watt said. "Literally you don't even think twice about it. I wouldn't have even thought it was a big deal until people made a big deal out of it. You're just playing the game. It's like if a glove falls off or if a shoe falls off. You're not going to stop in the middle of a play, you're going to go make a play. I don't think I did anything different than anyone else would have done."