J.J. Watt placed on injured reserve list; Antonio Smith signed to team

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans may be taking a big blow this season after J.J. Watt has been placed on the injured reserve list due to back injuries. There is some good news for the team, who announced Wednesday that Antonio Smith has been signed to the active roster.

The Texans have started the season with a 2-1 record, and are looking for another win when the team hosts the Titans on Sunday.

According to NFL.com, The league's dominant defensive force re-injured his back during Houston's Week 3 loss to the New England Patriots, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

The Texans will be re-signing veteran defensive end Antonio Smith for depth, a source informed of the one-year agreement has told NFL.com's Mike Garofolo.

Watt is expected to be sidelined for an extended period of time, per Rapoport, perhaps even for the rest of the season. The hope is that he can return for a late-season playoff run.

The 27-year-old star missed the entire preseason after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in late July. Although Watt has yet to miss a game in his six-year career, he has suffered major injuries two of the last four times he has suited up.

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