Texans rookie QB out for the season.
Houston Texans star rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson reportedly tore his ACL at practice today and will miss the rest of the season. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapaport, Watson suffered a torn ACL on a non-contact injury.
Watson has been an absolute stud in his rookie season, throwing for for 1,699 yards and an NFL-leading 19 touchdowns in just seven games. He has also rushed for 269 yards and two touchdowns. The 12th overall pick in the draft has started every game for the Texans, 3-4, this season.
Sources: #Texans QB fear Deshaun Watson suffered a torn ACL in practice today. A non-contact injury. MRI coming to confirm. Awful, awful.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 2, 2017
Deshaun Watson went down on a normal drill, running a read option, on a grass field, per source. Didn’t yell, trainers took him off field.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 2, 2017
Earlier in the season the Texans lost their star defensive end JJ Watt after he suffered a tibial plateau fracture, which required season-ending surgery. Even without Watt anchoring the defense, the Texans managed to stay in the hunt for the AFC South title behind stellar play from their rookie QB.
With Watson's season over, the Houston Texans will now turn to Tom Savage, who will start this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
The devastating news today marks yet another NFL star whose season ended before the halfway point of the season. In addition to Watt and Watson, NFL stars such as Aaron Rodgers, Odell Beckham Jr., Dalvin Cook, Julian Edelman, David Johnson, Eric Berry, Carson Palmer and Joe Thomas have all suffered major injuries. Not to mention, Colts QB Andrew Luck who was recently placed on the IR without ever playing a snap this season.
Scroll down to check out some of the reactions from around the league.
Aaron Rodgers, JJ Watt, Odell Beckham, Jr., Deshaun Watson, Andrew Luck, Julian Edelman, Eric Berry, David Johnson. Injuries are the worst.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 2, 2017
Deshaun Watson has been a massive upgrade over Houston's other quarterbacks the last two seasons. pic.twitter.com/H1ojByJwEP— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 2, 2017
Damn man... hurting for you bro. @deshaunwatson ... it's a long journey but you're a champion. Never waiver!— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) November 2, 2017