HOUSTON (AP) — The NFL has taken away one of Houston defensive end J.J. Watt’s sacks, dropping him behind Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews for the league lead.
Watt had 812 sacks following Monday night’s 23-17 win over the New York Jets. The league removed Watt’s solo sack of Ryan Tannehill in the second quarter of Houston’s opening 30-10 win over Miami. Watt also earned a half-sack with Antonio Smith later in the game.
Matthews has a league-high eight sacks, and Watt now has 712. The Texans (5-0) play Green Bay (2-3) on Sunday night.
Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips agreed with the change to Watt’s total, although he wondered why it took so long to change it. Watt is still credited with a tackle for loss, and has 11 this season, second to Denver’s Von Miller (12).
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