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Deshaun Watson

Houston Texans
Quarterback #4
Houston Texans
Quarterback #4
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Deshaun Watson News

Officially ruled out

Watson (not injury-related) has been officially ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Panthers.

Analysis: Watson, who was inactive for Houston's first two games, is thus destined for another healthy scratch Thursday. With Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) on IR, Davis Mills will handle the team's starting QB duties in Week 3, while Jeff Driskel is in line to be promoted to the the active roster from the Texans' practice squad.

Sep 22, 2021 1:08 PM EST

Won't play in Week 3

Coach David Culley indicated Monday that Watson will not be active for Thursday night's game against the Panthers,Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.

Analysis: Based on the way the Texans have handled things over the first two weeks of the season, look for Watson to continue to be listed as DNP/Not Injury Related at practice before being ruled out on the team's final injury report heading into Thursday's contest. With Watson not in consideration for Week 3 activation, rookie Davis Mills would be in line to start at QB for Houston versus Carolina if Tyrod Taylor is unavailable due to the hamstring injury he suffered Sunday.

Sep 20, 2021 8:31 AM EST

Texans mum on Week 3 status

Houston head coach David Culley was vague when asked about Watson's status heading into Week 3, a Thursday night matchup against the Panthers, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The major development in Sunday's loss to the Browns was the hamstring injury suffered by starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who was replaced by rookie Davis Mills to start the third quarter. On a short week or preparation, Taylor's availability for Thursday is unknown until the Texans can evaluate him over the next few days. Presuming Taylor is a no-go Thursday and Mills starts, the question becomes will Watson be active as the backup quarterback? "We'll have to wait and see what happens," Culley said. Watson has been inactive for the first two games of the season. The Texans also have Jeff Driskel, who spent training camp and preseason with Houston, on the practice squad.

Sep 20, 2021 5:53 AM EST

Won't play in Week 2

Watson (not injury-related) will not play Sunday against the Browns.

Analysis: Watson, who was inactive in Week 1, is thus headed for another healthy scratch this weekend. Tyrod Taylor will continue to start at QB for the Texans, while Watson remains on the team's roster, but continues to be listed as DNP (not injury-related) at practice.

Sep 17, 2021 1:34 PM EST

Held out again

Watson was held out of Wednesday's practice for non-injury reasons.

Analysis: It's the same deal as last week, with Watson headed for a healthy scratch Sunday at Cleveland. The Texans and the NFL seem content to keep him on the roster but away from the field for the time being.

Sep 15, 2021 1:40 PM EST

Not playing Sunday, as expected

The Texans have ruled out Watson (non-injury) for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: The decision was foretold after GM Nick Caserio relayed Wednesday that he didn't "expect him (Watson) to play" Week 1. Watson had a turbulent offseason that he kicked off with a trade request, and later 22 civil lawsuits against him came to the fore in March and April. With Tyrod Taylor named the Texans' starting quarterback, it remains to be seen when or if Watson will suit up at any point this season, whether it's in Houston or elsewhere following a trade.

Sep 10, 2021 1:24 PM EST

Starts season with DNP

Watson was held out of Wednesday's practice for non-injury reasons, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Analysis: As expected, with Watson likely to be a healthy scratch unless/until he's suspended or traded. Meanwhile, the Texans will start Tyrod Taylor at quarterback this Sunday against the Jaguars.

Sep 8, 2021 1:48 PM EST

Likely to be inactive Week 1

Texans general manager Nick Caserio said during a radio appearance Wednesday that he expects Watson to be inactive for Sunday's season opener versus the Jaguars, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. "I wouldn't expect him to play," Caserio said of Watson. "I wouldn't anticipate him playing this Sunday and we'll recalibrate as we go."

Analysis: Watson's expected inactive status to begin the season comes as little surprise after the Texans officially named Tyrod Taylor their starting quarterback Monday, while Mills appears as the No. 2 option on the team's unofficial depth chart. Though Caserio suggested the Texans will be taking a week-to-week approach with Watson's status, he'll most likely remain a healthy scratch when both Taylor and Mills are available. Houston is expected to keep Watson on its 53-man roster throughout the season while the 25-year-old currently faces 22 active civil lawsuits. Watson has also made it known that he would like to be traded, but it's unclear how seriously the organization is entertaining offers from other teams at this point.

Sep 8, 2021 6:58 AM EST

Taylor named starter

Tyrod Taylor has officially been named the Texans' starting quarterback in advance of Sunday's season opener against the Jaguars, ESPN's Sarah Barshop reports. Though he remains on the team's 53-man roster, Watson is expected to be a healthy scratch on game days.

Analysis: With Watson -- who currently faces 22 active civil lawsuits -- not expected to play for Houston this season, rookie Davis Mills is in line to be Taylor's backup Sunday, while Jeff Driskel, is on the team's practice squad. Barshop previously noted that the Texans are prepared to keep Watson on their roster for the rest of the 2021 campaign; however, it's possible that the QB's standing trade request could result in him being dealt to another team at some point down the road.

Sep 6, 2021 12:57 PM EST

On initial 53-man roster

Watson is listed on the Texans' initial 53-man roster in advance of Week 1, ESPN's Sarah Barshop reports.

Analysis: That said, the QB -- who currently faces 22 active civil lawsuits -- isn't expected to play for the team this season and will likely be a healthy scratch on game-days as long as he remains on Houston's active roster. Barshop notes that Texans are prepared to keep Watson on their roster for the rest of the 2021 campaign, however it's possible that the signal-caller's standing trade request could result in him be dealt to another team down the road. Also on the team's roster following Tuesday's league-wide cut-downs are fellow quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and rookie Davis Mills.

Aug 31, 2021 4:38 PM EST

Could be a healthy scratch all year

The Texans are prepared to have Watson on their 53-man roster and inactive every week, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Watson has a standing trade request, and with no deal imminent as he faces 22 civil lawsuits for allegations of sexual assault, the Texans will keep him on the roster but away from the field. The team tried to talk him into stick around earlier in the offseason, but at this point they may be resigned to trading him -- be it next week or next offseason.

Aug 30, 2021 12:45 PM EST

Could be dealt to Miami?

The Dolphins have emerged as frontrunners in trade discussions to acquire Watson from the Texans, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo.

Analysis: Robinson notes that the Panthers, Broncos and Eagles have also expressed interest, with some teams seeking protection for their draft picks in the event Watson faces criminal prosecution and/or an NFL suspension as a result of ongoing investigations into sexual assault allegations from multiple women.

Aug 28, 2021 12:04 PM EST

Could stay on 53-man roster

The Texans may need to keep Watson on their 53-man roster even if they don't expect him to play in games, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: NFL investigators have yet to meet with Watson because they're waiting for criminal investigations to be completed. The league reportedly wants to meet with the quarterback before considering the commissioner's exempt list, which was used in the past to keep players like Mike Vick (2009), Adrian Peterson (2014) and Kareem Hunt (2018) off the field before they were officially suspended. The Texans may thus end up keeping Watson on the roster as a healthy scratch this year, likely waiting for their opportunity to trade him to another team for a haul of draft picks. Injured reserve would be an easy solution to keep Watson on the team but off of the 53-man roster, but he seems to be perfectly healthy at the moment, in part because he's done so little on the practice field this summer, mostly working with third- and fourth-stringers.

Aug 26, 2021 10:24 AM EST

Works out on separate field

Watson worked out on a field away from the practice area Tuesday, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Watson is not injured but has not been taking part in team drills. He attends meetings and works out on the side or on another field by himself. Watson did not travel with Houston for its first two preseason games, and the team is preparing to move forward without him.

Aug 24, 2021 8:34 PM EST

May be weekly scratch this season

Watson could spend the 2021 season on "the Texans' 53-man roster as a healthy scratch each week," Sarah Barshop of reports.

Analysis: As Barshop mentioned, the NFL hasn't put any restrictions on Watson during training camp as the investigation proceeds with regard to his legal situation. And the league also may not place Watson on the commissioner's exempt list before the regular season. With his activity during camp practices few and far between to date and no snaps through two preseason games -- mostly due to ankle and calf injuries -- he's fallen behind in the QB pecking order in Houston, where he resides fourth on the depth chart behind expected starter Tyrod Taylor, Jeff Driskel and 2021 third-round pick Davis Mills. Clearly, the Texans aren't forced to make a decision on Watson for a few weeks, but weekly DNPs this fall could be in the cards.

Aug 22, 2021 9:30 AM EST

Absent again

Watson didn't practice Tuesday and isn't expected to travel with the Texans for Saturday's preseason game in Dallas, ESPN's Sarah Barshop reports.

Analysis: Coach David Culley attributed Watson's absence from Monday's practice to a schedule change, but the Texans got back to their routine on Tuesday and the quarterback still wasn't on the field. Between his trade request and legal situation, Watson may not have a future in Houston and doesn't seem to be part of the plan for Week 1. He's been in and out of practice throughout training camp, doing very little even when he's technically been a participant.

Aug 17, 2021 8:22 AM EST

Doesn't practice Monday

Watson did not participate in Monday's practice, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The daily Watson watch continues. The quarterback, who did not travel with the team for Saturday's preseason opener in Green Bay, received treatment for his ankle and calf while attending team meetings indoors. He had been a presence for all four practices last week after a weeklong absence. "Nothing has changed from last week," Texans coach David Culley said Monday morning. "We're not going to talk about what we do in personnel each day in practice." The Texans are expected to trade Watson, an event many expect hinges upon the pending legal matters the quarterback is facing.

Aug 17, 2021 5:50 AM EST

Listed fourth on depth chart

Watson is the No. 4 quarterback on Houston's initial preseason depth chart, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Analysis: Watson missed a week of practice with calf and ankle injuries, and even when he's been healthy he hasn't taken part in team drills -- presumably because of his trade request and/or legal situation. The Texans essentially have said as little as possible, but coach David Culley did acknowledge that Watson is unlikely to play in the preseason opener Saturday against Green Bay. Tyrod Taylor has been leading Houston's first-team offense in practice.

Aug 11, 2021 12:27 PM EST

Held out of team drills again

Watson followed the same routine for a third straight practice Wednesday, leaving the field before full-team drills, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Analysis: Watson was out for about a week with minor ankle and calf injuries, but his current limitations on the practice field likely have more to do with his trade request and/or legal situation. Texans coach David Culley said Tuesday that Watson is unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Packers.

Aug 11, 2021 8:51 AM EST

On track to miss preseason opener

Texans head coach David Culley said Watson is "unlikely" to be available for Saturday's preseason opener versus the Packers "based on the limited reps" the quarterback has had in training camp practices, Kevin Patra of reports.

Analysis: Watson was back on the field Monday after missing time last week with ankle and calf issues, but the Texans aren't yet eager to expose him to game action. The 25-year-old's status for the remainder of the preseason is up in the air at this point, given his pending legal situation along with his stated desire to be traded elsewhere ahead of Week 1. Expect Tyrod Taylor to start against Green Bay, with Davis Mills and Jeff Driskel also picking up reps under center later in the contest.

Aug 10, 2021 6:55 AM EST

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