JJ Watt takes big, fast steps in road to recovery

Former Badgers runs on anti-gravity treadmill
JJ Watt takes big, fast steps in road to recovery
Posted at 1:38 PM, Jan 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-18 14:47:37-05

Former Wisconsin Badger JJ Watt made a big step in his recovery from a brutal tibial plateau fracturein his left leg. 

The Houston Texans defensive end posted a video on his Twitter account of him running on an Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill that's designed to take pressure off joints and ease recovery. 

In what was an inspiring off the field year for the 28-year-old Watt, in which he raised more than $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief, it was the second year in a row he suffered a season-ending surgery.

Watt came into 2017 hoping to bounce back froma herniated disk that needed back surgery so serious that was rumored tothreaten his career. He started 2017 off slow, not collecting a sack through four games, but showed steady improvement. 

However, in the first quarter of his fifth game back against the Chiefs, he fell victim to the knee injury that caused him to miss his final 11 games. 

Texans fans and Wisconsinites alike are hoping the three-time NFL defensive player of the year, can get back to his dominant self in 2018.