JJ Watt will 'probably' miss the rest of the season with a back injury

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J.J. Watt has reinjured his back and this time he could miss an extended period of time, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

According to the report, Watt is expected to be sidelined for "an extended period of time" and he could miss the rest of the season.

Ed Werder of ESPN confirmed the report. His source said Watt "probably" will miss the rest of the season.

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Rapoport later added that Watt is expected to go on the injured reserve list.

Each team can designate one player to return from IR during the season. However, that player must be sidelined for at least eight weeks.

Watt is the two-time defending AP Defensive Player of the Year. He has won the award three times and was named to the first-team All-Pro team four times in his first five seasons.

Watt suffered a back injury previously and underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in July. While there were concerns at the time that Watt would miss the start of the season he did play in the Texans' first three games.

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NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

NFL Power Rankings: Week 4
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NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

32. Bears (0-3)
Last Week: 31

Mark your calendars for Oct. 20 and Oct. 31, when we get to see the Bears in prime time again!

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31. Browns (0-3)
Last Week: 32

The Browns' near-win was enough to get them out of the No. 32 slot. And things are looking up! They might have the same quarterback start two consecutive games.

(Photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

30. Jaguars (0-3)
Last Week: 23

Remember the offseason Jaguars hype? Neither do we.

(Photo by Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

29. Saints (0-3)
Last Week: 29

The Saints couldn't grab a home win on Monday night on the 10th anniversary of the return to the Superdome. Sad, but a decent representation of this team's talent level.

(AP Photo/Bill Feig)

28. Chargers (1-2)
Last Week: 26

San Diego gave the Colts a run for their money, but after significant depletion due to injury, it's shaping up to be another long season for the Chargers.

(AP Photo/AJ Mast)

27. 49ers (1-2)
Last Week: 25

The 49ers got blown out by Seattle in Week 3, and Blaine Gabbert has thrown for 532 total yards over three games.

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26. Dolphins (1-2)
Last Week: 27

Miami nearly lost to Cleveland in their home building -- it took an overtime period to beat the Browns. That is not good.

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25. Bills (1-2)
Last Week: 30

To Buffalo's credit, they won a very difficult matchup against Arizona to earn its first win of the season. But they've started off 1-2, failing to take advantage of the Tom Brady-less first month in the AFC East.

(Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

24. Buccaneers (1-2)
Last Week: 19

Tampa Bay has a serious problem on defense, allowing 101 points over its three games -- and 37 last week to an LA team that hadn't scored a touchdown prior.

(Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

23. Titans (1-2)
Last Week: 22

Tennessee competed again, but fell by a touchdown to Oakland. DeMarco Murray looking like his old self is encouraging, though.

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

22. Rams (2-1)
Last Week: 28

Not only did the Rams break their touchdown drought, but they poured in 37 points against a Tampa Bay defense that's one of the worst in the league. Encouraging, but they have some work to do before we trust them enough to to slide them significantly up in our rankings.

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21. Lions (1-2)
Last Week: 21

The Lions hung in with Green Bay, thanks to Marvin Jones' 205-yard receiving day, but didn't have enough to outlast the Packers at Lambeau. Good news: The Bears await them in Week 4.

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20. Redskins (1-2)
Last Week: 24

In their first positive performance of the season, Washington outlasted the Giants at MetLife Stadium -- and the NFC East is even more wide-open. We're still not sold on Washington, but Kirk Cousins getting back on track would put them right back in the mix.

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19. Colts (1-2)
Last Week: 20

At home, the Colts managed to sneak by the depleted Chargers 26-22. T.Y. Hilton had a day receiving -- 174 yards over eight catches -- and Andrew Luck threw for 331 yards all told. But this Colts defense is an obstacle they'll have trouble getting past.

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18. Jets (1-2)
Last Week: 12

Ryan Fitzpatrick played the worst game of his life in Week 3, tossing six interceptions into the arms of Kansas City defenders. The Jets, with a stout defense and several playmakers, merely need him to manage games offensively -- which he did successfully, and then some, last year. Seattle travels to MetLife Stadium this week, where the pressure will surely be on Fitzpatrick again.

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17. Falcons (2-1)
Last Week: 18

Atlanta handled the lowly Saints on Monday Night Football in Week 3, putting up 45 against their porous defense. A divisional matchup with the Panthers is up next in Week 4, where we'll really get to see how competitive Atlanta figures to be this season.

(Photo by Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

16. Giants (2-1)
Last Week: 13

Blowing a chance to keep a share of first in the NFC East and move to 3-0, the Giants blew a lead against Washington in the second half, reminiscent of 2015. Odell Beckham's attitude is something to monitor moving forward, with rookie head coach Ben McAdoo calling him out on being a distraction after the game.

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

15. Raiders (2-1)
Last Week: 14

Oakland's promising start continued in Week 3 with a win over Tennessee, with Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper totaling over 160 yards through the air. A matchup with the undefeated Ravens awaits, where Oakland will have a chance to start a season better than 2-2 for the first time since 2002.

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14. Bengals (1-2)
Last Week: 8

After hanging on for a close victory against the Jets in Week 1, Cincinnati has dropped two straight against tough opponents. Jeremy Hill was responsible for nearly all of the Bengals' offense, with Andy Dalton throwing for just 206 yards and no scores in the loss.

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13. Cowboys (2-1)
Last Week: 15

The Cowboys posted their second consecutive win after Week 1's disappointing finish at the buzzer, handling a weak Chicago team. Dak Prescott was able to get his first career touchdown pass under his belt, creating some positive momentum heading into a winnable game against the 49ers in Week 4.

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12. Texans (2-1)
Last Week: 7

Houston had a chance to prove themselves as a bona fide contender with a win over New England, but completely squandered it, getting shut out despite outgaining the Pats 284-282. They should be able to get back on track, though, next week at home against Tennessee.

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11. Ravens (3-0)
Last Week: 16

Perhaps the most surprising of the remaining undefeated teams, the Ravens have taken advantage of a soft schedule to get out in front of the AFC North. No true juggernauts await them in the near future, so maybe -- just maybe -- Baltimore will be able to keep this up.

(Photo by Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

10. Cardinals (1-2)
Last Week: 3

Arizona suffered a bad, bad loss to Buffalo in Week 3 and will need to redeem itself at home against the Rams. It's not time to panic yet, but check back in a week.

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9. Eagles (3-0)
Last Week: 17

Are they for real? It's still early, but it certainly seems that way. After handling the Steelers with ease, the Eagles are 3-0 heading into their bye week. Not a bad start for rookie Carson Wentz.

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8. Panthers (1-2)
Last Week: 5

Carolina dropped a home game to Minnesota against one of the toughest defenses they'll see all season. Dropping to 1-2 is rough, but a divisional win against the Falcons next week could have them back on track.

(AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

7. Chiefs (2-1)
Last Week: 10

Kansas City picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick six times, and forced eight turnovers all together. After a pair of underwhelming weeks to open the season, it was exactly what they needed.

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

6. Seahawks (2-1)
Last Week: 11

One week after an embarrassing loss to the Rams, Seattle asserted its dominance against the 49ers, putting up 37 points in a blowout win. Russell Wilson's health remains a point of concern, though.

(Photo by Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

5. Steelers (2-1)
Last Week: 2

Pittsburgh surprisingly laid an egg against the Eagles, dropping the road matchup 34-3. Another tough matchup against the Chiefs awaits in Week 4.

(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

4. Vikings (3-0)
Last Week: 9

Minnesota dropped Carolina to 1-2 on the season with a convincing road win, and they'll have a chance to move to 4-0 at home against the Giants next Monday night.

(AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

3. Packers (2-1)
Last Week: 6

Green Bay rebounded nicely from a primetime loss to the apparently formidable Vikings, winning a shootout and putting 34 points up against Detroit.

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

2. Broncos (3-0)
Last Week: 4

Denver remained undefeated thanks to a dominant outing from Emmanuel Sanders, who racked up a pair of touchdowns as Trevor Siemian grows more and more comfortable under center each week.

(Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

1. Patriots (3-0)
Last Week: 1

The Patriots found a method to beating Houston in Week 3 with limited healthy quarterbacks on the roster -- by allowing zero points. They shut Houston out in impressive fashion, remaining in our No. 1 slot and bumping the Texans down a few pegs.

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