Houston Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson suffered a torn ACL in today’s non-contact portion of practice, officially ending his outstanding 2017 campaign. It happened on a normal drill, a read-option. Watson was later helped off the field by trainers.
Watson totaled 1,699 yards, 19 TDs, and 8 INTs in just 6 games, and was on track to win Rookie Of The Year. He also totaled 269 yards and 2 TDs on the ground.
Watson was also named AFC Player Of The Month and AFC Rookie Of The Month for the month of October today.
Watson was on pace to break the NFL rookie passing TD record (26) in a season. He’s also tied with Jameis Winston, Matthew Stafford, and Ray Buivid for the most passing TDs (5) by a rookie in a single game.
Watson now faces an 8-9 month rehabilitation time period, and should be back in time for the start of the 2018 season. This is the 4th big injury for the Texans this year. The others being J.J. Watt (tibial plateau fracture), Whitney Mercilus (torn pectoral) and DE Christian Covington (torn bicep). All are done for the season.
Earlier this week, Seahawks CB Richard Sherman praised Watson, saying:
“Has there ever been a rookie that does that? It would be hard to find,” Sherman told reporters. “Maybe [Michael] Vick from time to time; he was very special in the pocket. But, it wasn’t like he was getting out to run. He was getting out to look up and find the open guy. He’s going to be a special player in this league. He made plays that very few people in this league, including the top-tier guys, can make.”
With the news of Watson, the Texans signed QB Matt McGloin to fill Watson’s roster spot. QB Tom Savage will take over as the team’s starting QB this week against the Indianapolis Colts.