According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, doctors and trainers that have reviewed the video of last week’s Texans-Seahawks game believe QB Deshaun Watson may have actually suffered his ACL tear during the fourth quarter of the contest.
Teams sources tell Schefter that the Texans still believe Watson suffered the injury during Thursday’s practice, but Houston is aware and curious about the hit he sustained during Week 8’s game.
Schefter mentions that Seahawks DE Frank Clark rolled up on Watson and he immediately grabbed his right knee on the play. Even so, Watson was able to finish out the game and didn’t complain about the injury, nor did he receive treatment.
“I can’t be 100 percent sure,” one doctor told Schefter of the chances that Watson tore his ACL against Seattle, “but I wouldn’t be surprised. Something happened as he grabbed his knee. And if you look at it in slow motion, one mechanism of injury is there.”
According to Schefter, doctors also said it’s possible that the hit Watson took on Sunday affected the knee to the point that it made it ripe for the ACL to later be torn. However, this could never be proven.
Watson was practicing this week when he went down to the ground on a routine play.
Schefter reports that Watson is now facing an 8-9 month recovery following ACL surgery. Schefter adds that Watson was able to return much sooner during college when he also tore his ACL and managed to return in five months.
Watson, 22, was taken in the first-round of this year’s NFL draft by the Texans. He signed a four-year, $13.854 million with the Texans and stands to make base salaries of $465,000 and $1,094,740 over the first two years of the agreement.
The Texans placed Watson on injured reserve a few days ago.
In 2017, Watson appeared in seven games for the Texans and thrown for 1,699 yards while completing 61.8 percent of his passes to go along with 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has also rushed for 269 yards on two touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 24 quarterback out of 34 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Watson as the news is available.