J.J. Watt back in elbow brace

Updated: August 4, 2013, 10:54 PM ET
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J.J. Watt was back wearing a brace on his sore left elbow Sunday and said he would continue to do so for the rest of the season.

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Troy Taormina/USA TODAY SportsJ.J. Watt, seen here in a game vs. the Jaguars last November, wore a brace on his left elbow last year and went on to record 20.5 sacks.

The Houston Texans' star defensive end was limited in practice Sunday due to his elbow soreness but coach Gary Kubiak said the team wasn't concerned.

"His elbow's just sore. We brought him out here to practice today, wanted to keep him out of contact. As y'all could see, the majority of practice was contact," Kubiak said, adding that Watt's elbow soreness returned Thursday.

Kubiak said he expected Watt to practice Monday but wasn't sure if he would again be limited.

Watt wore the brace all last season after injuring his elbow in training camp and went on to record 20.5 sacks and earn The Associated Press' Defensive Player of the Year award.

"Cosmetically, I'm just not a huge fan of the way it looks but it never really bothered me from a playing standpoint so I don't see it being an issue whatsoever. It's just something I have to play with and that's it," Watt said.

Watt said he's back in the brace as a matter of precaution.

"I just want to be smart with it. I put [his left elbow] through a lot of work over the last week," he said. "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."

Meanwhile, running back Arian Foster, who was expected to be activated from the physically unable to perform list and practice for the first time Sunday, remained sidelined.

Kubiak said Foster's calf, which he injured in the team's organized team activities is "fine" but "his back is sore" and he remains day to day.


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