Watt limited with sore elbow; brace is back

Watt limited with sore elbow; brace is back
August 4, 2013, 10:45 am
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J.J. Watt's elbow brace is back

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Reigning Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt was a limited participant during Sunday’s morning practice because of a sore elbow.

Watt’s elbow started to feel sore on Thursday and he was given a day of rest on Friday. After a day off for the entire team on Saturday, Watt was back on the field Sunday morning but was wearing the black brace on his left elbow.

“Elbow is a little sore so the brace is back," Watt said. "It’s just precaution. I just want to be smart with it. I put it through a lot of work over the last week. It’s done a lot of work without the brace for the first time in a long time, so I’m bringing the brace back just as kind of a security measure, you know, to make sure it stays secure and it stays safe.”

While the full team worked during 11-on-11 drills, Watt was on the far field working individually.

“His elbow’s just sore,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “We brought him out here to practice today, wanted to keep him out of contact, but as y’all can see, the majority of practice was contact."

Kubiak said Watt would practice on Monday but wasn’t sure if the team would limit him during contact drills. The coach said he wasn't concerned.

Watt played the entire 2012 season with that black brace on his arm after he dislocated his left elbow in early August. He did more than alright with the brace, finishing the season with 20.5 sacks but claimed his elbow was never 100 percent.

About a year later, that black elbow brace is back, and it’s back for good.

“I’m just going to wear the brace full-time now,” Watt said. “The brace is back, reluctantly. It’s well-documented I’m not a fan of the brace but it’s back for good. So take it for what it is.”