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Houston — Texans officials placed defensive end J.J. Watt on injured reserve Wednesday afternoon, and his return this season is in doubt.

Coach Bill O’Brien said Watt re-injured his back and putting him on injured reserve was the best thing for his long-term health. It’s unclear if it will require surgery.

Watt is not expected back before December, if at all.

“This won’t be fun, but it is necessary in order for me to return to 100 percent and play at the level that I am capable of playing at,” Watt posted on Twitter.


Personnel dept.

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has a hairline fracture in his right knee. Coach Jason Garrett said Bryant remains day-to-day, but it’s unlikely he’ll play against the 49ers on Sunday.

... The Bills have signed former Lions offensive tackle Michael Ola off the Giants practice squad.

... Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles could make his season debut Sunday night on the road against the Steelers. Charles has not played since tearing the ACL in his right knee in Week 5 last season.

... Jets receiver Eric Decker (shoulder) will be a game-time decision against the Seahawks.

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