Less than 24 hours after the Astros won the World Series and gave Houston one of its greatest sports moments, the Texans were dealt the worst news imaginable.
Deshaun Watson is out for the season with a torn ACL. The story was first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport and confirmed by Fox 26.
The injury occurred on a non-contact play during Thursday’s practice.
During his post-practice news conference, Texans coach Bill O’Brien gave no indication anything was wrong with Watson, despite being asked about the rookie phenom’s play on multiple occasions.
The injury comes on the same day the NFL named Watson the AFC Offense Player of the Month and also the NFL’s Rookie of the Month.
Watson threw 19 touchdown passes in his first 7 career games, a new NFL record.
Watson compiled 1,699 passing yards and 19 touchdowns, while rushing for 269 more yards and 2 more touchdowns.
The Texans named Tom Savage as the starting quarterback, with newly-signed TJ Yates as the back up. Savage was benched at halftime of the Texans opening day loss to Jacksonville and has not thrown a touchdown pass in his career.
The Texans signed veteran QB Matt McGloin.
On Friday, Watson addressed the injury with a heartfelt note he tweeted out to his fans, saying this is "a small thing to a GIANT."
Stay tuned... ⏱ pic.twitter.com/xEMdfrq8SP— Deshaun Watson (@deshaunwatson) November 3, 2017