Superstar Texans defensive end J.J. Watt broke his hand at practice Wednesday and did not participate in Houston practices Thursday. It will not affect his status for Sunday's crucial showdown with the Patriots, according to multiple reports, however.

"People are going to try to make a big deal out of this, but I've played with worse than this before, even this season," Watt said, via ESPN. "This, I'm not very worried about. My elbow a couple years back was way more painful. This was painful when it happened, but it's football. In a game of football you're going to play with pain.

"Football is a game where things happen and you play through it," Watt said. "You go out there, you do whatever you can to help your team win. So that's what I plan to do."