Sack taken away from Texans DE Watt

Updated: October 11, 2012, 5:05 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- 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 8½ 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 7½. 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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