There’s “real optimism" that the Texans star could come back for Week 17 or if the team, right now with a record of 7-4, qualifies for the playoffs, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
The Texans have one injured reserve/designated to return spot, and Sports Illustrated said the spot is being held for Watt.
The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has been in recovery since a season-ending torn pectoral in October.
After his last game, he tweeted: “This game can be beautiful and it can also be brutal. Absolutely gutted that I won’t be able to finish the season with my guys and give the fans what they deserve. I truly love this game and can’t stand letting you guys down. Thank you for all of the thoughts & well-wishes.”
He took his injury in stride, adding: “Shoulda told my pec to look out lol.”
Watt had four sacks in eight games this season, The New York Post reported.