Sports Illustrated's The MMQB—July 27, 2016
Sports Illustrated writer Peter King covers Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt's recent back surgery for a herniated disc in his blog The MMQB.
Todd J. Albert, MD, a spine surgeon and surgeon-in-chief at Hospital for Special Surgery, provides insight on a typical recovery time for a surgery like Watt's. "The shortest recovery time would be six to eight weeks. But normally it's more likely 12 weeks. The thing you worry about is the re-herniation. But the most critical thing for recovery with a player like him is core strength. If his core strength isn't good, that would affect his recovery time."
This article originally appeared at MMQB.SI.com.