J.J. Watt was ruled out of the Houston Texans' game against the Oakland Raiders after sustaining a shoulder injury in the second quarter on Sunday.

The defensive end left the game under his own power with just over five minutes remaining in the first half and headed to the medical tent.

Watt then went to the locker room for further examination and was branded questionable to return within minutes. It was later announced he would not feature in the remainder of the match.

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year had three tackles before exiting the game.

The 2018 season gave us a number of record-breaking performances, and there is even more to come in 2019.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees reached the biggest milestone of the season when he surpassed Peyton Manning's mark of 71,940 yards as he became the NFL's all-time leading passer.

Brees also set records for career completions (6,586) and single-season completion percentage (74.4).

But it was young star Patrick Mahomes who ran away with MVP honours after the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback became only the second NFL player in history to pass for more than 50 touchdowns and 5,000 yards in a season.

Other players who had an impressive statistical season included Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who set a rookie record for touchdown passes (27), and Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri – who moved past Morten Andersen (2,544 career points) to become the NFL's all-time scoring leader.

But there is more to come for the NFL's historic 100th season in 2019.


NFL milestones that could be reached this season

— Tom Brady (70,514) needs 1,325 passing yards to eclipse Brett Favre for the third most all-time. 

— Philip Rivers (374) requires 26 passing touchdowns to reach 400 in his career.

— Cam Newton (4,808) needs 121 rushing yards to pass Randall Cunningham for the second-most rushing yards ever by a quarterback. Michael Vick holds the record at 6,109.

— Russell Wilson (196) requires four passing touchdowns to reach 200 in his career.

— Adrian Peterson (106) needs one rushing touchdown to pass Jim Brown for the fifth most in NFL history. He (13,318) requires 345 rushing yards to surpass Jerome Bettis for the seventh-most all-time.

— J.J. Watt (92) requires eight sacks to reach 100 in his NFL career.

— Ben Roethlisberger (363) needs 37 passing touchdowns for 400 in his career.

— Larry Fitzgerald (116) requires one touchdown catch to leapfrog Antonio Gates for the sixth-most all-time. He needs 23 receptions to pass Tony Gonzalez for the second-most all-time.

— Antonio Brown's next touchdown catch will be his 75th in his career.

— Cordarrelle Patterson (six) needs two kick-off returns for touchdown to tie the NFL record.

— Von Miller (98) requires two sacks to reach 100 in his NFL career.

Houston Texans star J.J. Watt had a lot of fun riding into practice on Monday — that is until he broke his means of transportation.

The Texans and Green Bay Packers held a joint practice in Green Bay, which allowed Watt to take part in a longstanding Packers tradition of players riding a child's bike to practice.

It was something Watt said he has dreamed about since he was a kid growing up in Wisconsin.

However, breaking the bike probably was not part of that dream. 

Watt did not last long on the child-sized bike.

"It was pretty awesome until I broke the bike," Watt told media after practice. "The bike I was using wasn't equipped for a 290-pound man and the seat broke off. We have purchased a new bike for the boy. I apologise for that.

"It's one of the coolest traditions."

Watt did not hesitate to choose which bike he would ride. He picked the first kid in line despite the fact he was wearing a Packers jersey.

"I mean, I can't walk past a kid," Watt said. "That's hard. He had a [Aaron] Rodgers jersey on, which is fine. I respect it. I support loyalty. The welcome and reception I've gotten since I got back here, to see people wearing my jersey, it's pretty crazy."

He eventually upgraded to larger sized wheels to the fans' enjoyment.

"It's one of the coolest traditions," Watt said. "Growing up here, I know how special it is to get to interact with a player from the Green Bay Packers. For them to have that tradition, where kids get to be up close and personal with their favourite players and they get to hold their helmet.

"I mean, that's what it's all about. Those are the memories that those kids are going to have for a lifetime. For me to be able to participate in it as a player was cool."

There was plenty of news coming out of NFL training camps on Thursday.

A Pro Bowl player surprisingly came out of retirement, while a star quarterback addressed his recovery from a major shoulder injury.

That and more in this edition of NFL news and notes.


Three things that matter

Kalil ends retirement, signs with Jets

That did not last long. Ryan Kalil said he was retiring after 2018 but announced on Thursday he was returning to the field and signing with the New York Jets. The center spent his first 12 seasons with the Carolina Panthers and made five Pro Bowls during his time with the team. He should provide a big boost to New York's offensive line, which is tasked with protecting second-year quarterback Sam Darnold.

Newton's recovery a 'work in progress'

Cam Newton struggled with a shoulder injury throughout most of 2018 and he underwent offseason surgery in January. Newton, who seems to be on track to start for the Panthers in week one against the Los Angeles Rams, met with the media for the first time during training camp on Thursday. Newton said his recovery continues to be a "work in progress" but he is feeling "good".

Cooper weighs in on Thomas' new contract

Dallas Cowboys star Amari Cooper is entering the final year of his contract and he could be in line to receive a similar deal to the five-year, $100million extension Michael Thomas signed with the New Orleans Saints this week. Cooper was asked about Thomas' new deal and replied: "It was a big contract. Good for him. … I don't know [if it will impact me]. Hopefully."

He added: "I'm just not interested about the contract. For some reason it's just not on my mind. I'm more interested in just playing football."

Two things that don't matter

Jaguars' Williams out with meniscus tear

Linebacker Quincy Williams, the Jacksonville Jaguars' third-round pick in 2019, tore the meniscus in his right knee and will miss four to six weeks. Williams, however, is not expected to miss much regular-season action and could be healthy for week one against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bears QB Trubisky entertained by MVP talk

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky probably will not be the MVP, however, that has not stopped some from speculating he might be in the conversation. Trubisky, who was the most popular MVP futures bet in early July according to Caesar's palace, told NFL.com: "It's funny. All the people betting on me to win in Vegas, it's just good odds. So, why not? If it happens, the payout is great. If not, you don't lose that much."

One video you have to see

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry makes a nice catch over his defender's helmet in practice.

Thursday tweet of the day

JJ Watt continues to show he is a stand-up person.

The Houston Texans will be without two of their stars at the start of training camp this week after placing J.J. Watt and DeAndre Hopkins on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list

Watt and Hopkins can be activated by Houston at any time, and both are expected to begin practicing soon and be ready in time for the regular season opener on September 9.

Five-time Pro Bowler Watt, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in January, practiced throughout the offseason and said he "felt great".

After featuring in just eight games over the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Watt played and started all 16 games last year. He recorded 16 sacks and seven forced fumbles.

Hopkins did not participate in OTAs and was bothered by nagging foot and shoulder injuries last season. 

He caught 115 passes for 1,572 yards and 11 touchdowns as the Texans went 11-5 and won the AFC South. Houston went on to lose to the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs, with Hopkins sustaining the injury to his shoulder.

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