Watson tore the ACL in his right knee, a source told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, confirming a Houston Chronicle report.
The injury occurred about halfway through practice on a grass field; Watson appeared to trip or fall but did not yell, someone present at practice told Schefter. Watson got up and felt his knee before it was looked at, but the person said no one believed the injury was season-ending.
Watson did not finish practice. Tom Savage took over at quarterback.
The Texans will sign Matt McGloin to back up Savage, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano, confirming a Houston Chronicle report. Also, in a text to ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson, quarterback TJ Yates said he’s signing with the Texans in backup role.
NFL Network first reported the possibility that Watson’s ACL was torn and that it was a noncontact injury.
During his freshman season at Clemson in 2014, Watson played with a torn ACL in his left knee, coach Dabo Swinney said at the time. Watson suffered the injury in practice and played the following week. Watson was told he could continue playing with a brace securing the knee. Swinney released a statement on Twitter:
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) November 2, 2017
The loss of Watson is a blow for the Texans (3-4). His Total QBR of 81.9 leads the NFL and is the highest for any player in his first seven career games over the past 10 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Watson also ranks first in rushing yards among quarterbacks (269) and is tied for first in touchdown passes (19).
Watson has helped make the Texans the highest-scoring team in the NFL, with 30.7 points per game. Last season, Houston ranked 28th in points.
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