- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Texans defensive end J.J. Watt says he’s ready to go after missing the preseason with an injured elbow. He dislocated it on Aug. 2.
“It feels great, it feels really good, I’m very happy with it,” he told Houston reporters after practice Monday. “I have to thank our trainers. They did a heck of a job getting me back working hard with me so I really appreciate them.
“I’ll feel really good (Sunday against Miami). I think I’ll be 100 percent. Had my first full-padded practice today. It felt really good. I’m really excited about it. It doesn’t really feel like it’s going to hinder me at all.”
He’s wearing what he called a standard elbow brace, and said he will shed it as soon as he’s allowed.
Watt’s got no concern about his conditioning and the Texans strength coach, Cedric Smith, has worked him hard while he’s been out, running him and putting him through drills. He’s been doing football drills for roughly 10 days.
“That’s always our first priority, stop the run, make them throw the ball; especially with a rookie quarterback, you want to make them throw the ball so we can get our pass rush after him,” Watt said. “We have so many guys that can attack the pass. We’re really excited. As long as we do what we do, we run Wade’s (Phillips) defense and we execute our assignments, we should have no problem.”