HOUSTON -- When the Houston Texans host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, it will be the first time since 2010 theyll play without J.J. Watt.A person familiar with Watts condition said the star defensive lineman he had back surgery Thursday and it is expected to miss the rest of the season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday night on condition of anonymity because the team hasnt announced the surgery.Watt was placed on the injured reserve Wednesday. Its his second back surgery in two months after he missed training camp and Houstons four preseason games after surgery in July to repair a herniated disk. He will miss a game for the first time in his career after starting 83 straight games since he was drafted in 2011.Watts loss is a huge blow to a team looking to bounce back after a 27-0 loss to New England last week. The Texans know that one person cant replace what Watt brought to their team, but coach Bill OBrien expects everyone to pitch in to help make up for his absence.OBrien was with the Patriots in 2008 when they went 11-5 despite playing without Tom Brady for all but one game.Ive been around teams where a top player goes down and the mentality of the team, which needs to be the mentality of a team, is that if a good player goes down -- if any player goes down -- the next guy has to step up, he said. Thats the mentality of this team.Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel wouldnt say who would start in Watts place. But he did say that other stars of his defense like Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus will have to continue to improve to keep the defense afloat.Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey said their game plan wont change with Watt out and knows Houstons defense has plenty of other threats the Titans will have to deal with.They have a pretty good front there, so we have a lot of guys we have to handle up there, he said.The Titans have struggled against Houston the past two seasons and have lost four in a row in the series. Tennessee defensive tackle Jurrell Casey knows that if they hope to contend in the AFC South theyll have to figure out a way to beat the Texans.Its something thats been haunting us for the last couple years ... its a ... divisional opponent thats been on top of our division for a long time, he said. If we want to take our division by storm, its got to start this week.Some things to know about the Titans-Texans game:ROAD WARRIOR: Marcus Mariota has been at his best away from Tennessee so far in his young NFL career. In seven games on the road, Mariota has thrown for 1,612 yards with 12 touchdowns with only two interceptions for a 104.9 passer rating. He also has a rushing TD and caught a TD catch on the road. This will be his first game in Houston, and Mariota has five TD passes with a 92.6 passer rating in his last three games against divisional opponents. Mariota isnt sure why hes played so much better on the road, where three of his four career victories have come.Thats going to have to change, Mariota said. Really, again, Ive got to continue just to prepare like any other game, focus on what I have to do and what this team asks me to do, and just continue to be a better player each and every single day.NO EXCUSES: Houston quarterback Brock Osweiler is in his fourth year in the NFL, but spent most of that time as a backup and has just 10 career starts. Hes struggled so far this season, throwing four interceptions and three touchdown passes. He isnt using his inexperience as an excuse.I dont use my lack of starts as an excuse for anything, he said. I expect myself to play at an extremely high level. I have great confidence in my abilities and what I can do, and I have great confidence in the teammates around me to help me do my job. Im never going to use my lack of starts for an excuse or say: `Ill figure it out eventually or anything like that.OFFENSIVE BOOST: The Titans are hoping tight end Delanie Walker is back against the Texans; he missed the Oakland game with a right hamstring injury. He had a career season last year with 94 catches for 1,088 yards, and Walker has been the Titans biggest deep threat so far, with the longest reception this season at 32 yards. Barring a setback, wide receiver Kendall Wright also should make his season debut in Houston. Wright caught Mariotas first career touchdown pass but has been hampered by injuries over the past season. His return would provide a speedy boost to the offense.RETURNING TO HOUSTON: This will be the second straight season Andre Johnson has returned to the town where he played his first 12 NFL seasons and still keeps a home. 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Wests Tigers powerbrokers will meet to discuss Robbie Farahs strident criticism of the club this week when chief executive Justin Pascoe returns from holiday.Pascoe has been absent in one of the NRL sides most turbulent weeks, but he is due back from holiday on Monday.One of his first orders of business will be to deal with the ongoing feud between coach Jason Taylor and out-of-favour hooker Robbie Farah.After a Farah-less Tigers defeated St George Illawarra on Sunday, Taylor indicated he would meet with Pascoe to discuss the veterans pointed criticism of the joint venture.I listened carefully to those (comments) and I think that (came) on the back of what was an emotional week and an emotional game for Robbie, Taylor said.To be honest I would prefer they werent said publicly but I dont have a public comment about it. It is something we will deal with in-house and that is where it should remain.Dumped to reserve grade last week, Farah didnt miss with his comments made in the wake of his starring role in the Tigers NSW Cup win over Newtown at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.Farah claimed he was being forced out of the club and ridiculed Taylors publicly made reasons for saacking him.dddddddddddd feel I am getting treated differently to some others, Farah said.I will continue being professional and try and keep my mouth shut and try not to do anything wrong because I think that is what they are trying to get me to do. But I think I am a bit smarter than that.Part of that comment appears to have irked Taylor.Some great stuff being tossed up as to what the club is thinking and what the clubs position is, he said.We are clear it is a decision made based on performance, a decision I am confident is the right one.Tigers five-eighth Mitchell Moses, who took on a bigger leadership role in Sundays win, said the team had banded together in the wake of the crisis.When we found out that he wasnt in the team (Aaron) Woodsy pulled us in as a group and just spoke about it, he told Sky Sports Radios Big Sports Breakfast on Monday.In the past couple of years weve been in a position to make the semis and its probably got to us a bit too much.So this year we come together and were just not going to let it affect us this year. ' ' '