HOUSTON (AP) Houston star defensive end J.J. Watt broke his left hand in practice on Wednesday but says he'll play Sunday.

Watt, who leads the NFL with 13 1/2 sacks, had a black cast covering his left hand and wrist on Thursday. But both Watt and coach Bill O'Brien say they don't expect the injury to hamper last year's Defensive Player of the Year.

The Texans host the New England Patriots on Sunday night.

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Watt wouldn't say exactly how he suffered the injury other than to say it was in practice playing football. He says he knew as soon as it happened that it was broken.

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