- Houston Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson reportedly tore his ACL on a non-contact injury in practice on Thursday. The injury is a brutal blow for the Texans, who have been lifted by the exciting play of Watson. Watson is done for the season.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson suffered a non-contact injury on Thursday and reportedly suffered a torn ACL. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported the injury and MRI while ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed the tear.
The injury is a brutal blow for the Texans, who have been lifted by Watson’s play through eight weeks. Watson is out for the season, according to Schefter.
Watson took over the team in the second half of Week 1, and after a slow start in Week 2, has been one of the NFL’s most exciting and promising rookies. Watson is tied with Carson Wentz for most touchdowns this season, completing 61.8% of his passes with a 103 passer rating. He has also added 269 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Watson had his best game yet in Week 8 as he dueled with Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. Watson threw for 402 yards with four touchdowns, a performance so awe-inspiring that Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman later said it was the best quarterback performance the Seahawks defense has ever seen.
Watson appeared to be cruising to the Offensive Rookie of the Year award for a Texans team in the playoff hunt, despite injuries to JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus.
Tom Savage is the Texans’ backup quarterback and the original starter before Watson replaced him after just one half of football. It’s unclear if the Texans will add another quarterback to the team.