Last year, JJ sustained a complete
dislocation, where all the elbow ligaments are disrupted. This is a very serious injury, leaving almost all players with combinations of limited range-of-motion, stiffness, pain and loss of strength and/or minor instability (from permanently stretched ligaments). As I posted when it happened, this injury is very prone to re-dislocation......even when considered "fully healed." I emphasized that re-dislocation a second time proves instability and no longer allows for consideration for conservative rehab as was done for the first.......it leads to the need for SURGICAL repair, which is a 6-12 month recovery........and that's why I strongly suggested last year in order to minimized the latter scenario, he would be smart to wear that splint for the remainder of his career.
Before the "soreness" was revealed:
J.J. Watt says injured elbow never fully healed last season
Posted on April 3, 2013 at 8:27 pm by John Brannen
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is looking forward to what he hopes is an injury-free season of harassing opposing quarterbacks. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle)
Eighty-one total tackles, 20.5 sacks and 16 batted passes earned Texans defensive end J.J. Watt the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award.
According to Watt, he wasn’t playing at full capacity.
During the first week of practices in August, Watt dislocated his left elbow. He missed the majority of the preseason and wore a noticeable black arm brace during all 18 Texans’ games.
“In the beginning, it definitely affected me,” Watt said in an interview with SportsRadio 610. “All the ligaments in there were torn, they were all gone, so they had to have time to recover and regroup. So obviously, I wasn’t at full strength. The brace helped a lot, but it was more of a mental thing, getting over the thought process of knowing that it was injured and making sure that I could still have confidence in it. As the season went on, I got more and more confidence in it and obviously, it didn’t hinder me too much; I had some success out there. But (I’m) looking forward to a 100 percent full healthy season.”