Houston Texans rookie sensation Deshaun Watson suffers season-ending injury

Arnold Nichols
November 3, 2017

Especially with J.J. Watt out for the season, losing Watson could be a crippling blow to the Texans' playoff hopes.

Today, you can add another name to that list: Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who tore his ACL in practice on Thursday and will miss the remainder of the season.

Watson has been outstanding since taking over as the Texans starter in Week Two, and has played in six games, winning three and throwing for 1597 yards, completing 18 touchdown passes and running in two more.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported the injury and MRI while ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed the tear. 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. His touchdown pass total is the most by a rookie in a calendar month in National Football League history with Dan Marino throwing 11 in October of 1983. He also rushed for 145 yards and a score. Watson's time as a backup was short-lived as Savage struggled in the opener and was benched at halftime, making the former Clemson standout the ninth quarterback the Texans have played in the past five years.

Tom Savage is the only other quarterback on the Texans' roster.

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