Watt: I wasn't at full strength due to injury
APR 08, 2013 10:53a ET
Turns out Watt spent the earlier parts of the season at less than full capacity. He missed most of training camp with a dislocated left elbow that wasn't fully healed by the time Watt began his assault on the NFL.
"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."
It's probably overly optimistic for any NFL player, much less a lineman, to expect to play a season at 100 percent health, but it does make you wonder what a completely uninjured Watt might do. The injured Watt had 81 tackles, 20.5 sacks and 16 pass deflections.
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