What was thought to be just a sore knee is something much worse. Worse for the Texans, worse for the NFL, worse for everyone who loves football.
Texans star rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson was limited with a knee injury in practice today, but the injury is a lot worse than originally thought.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Watson suffered a torn ACL in practice today. It was a non-contact injury that will sideline Watson for the rest of the 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
Just terrible news.
Deshaun Watson did tear his ACL, per source. Tests on-site revealed tear. @rapsheet first mentioned this possibility.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 2, 2017
Deshaun Watson tearing his ACL less than 24 hours after the Astros win the World Series is some seriously screwed up stuff, sports gods.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 2, 2017
Now after an amazing 400-yard, four touchdown performance against the Seahawks, Watson is done for the season, at least that's the consensus. It's something you never want to see, especially with such an exciting young player.
With Watson out, Tom Savage will presumably take over the starting quarterback role. It's a crushing loss to an exciting young player and the Texans are very much out of the playoff race now.
The Texans have surely found their franchise quarterback, but it's a huge step back for Watson's development going forward.