Deshaun Watson injury a “freak accident” that happened on a routine play

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When non-contact knee injuries happen, typically a significant amount of torque or tension is applied to the ACL, causing it to snap. For Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, that wasn’t the case.

Appearing on Friday’s edition of the PFT PM podcast, Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson explained what happened when Watson was injured at practice on Thursday.

“Just a normal read-option,” Jackson said. “He kind of kept it and he was just kind of running. I mean, he wasn’t 100-percent full speed. He was just kind of trotting and went down. We didn’t think nothing of it because it didn’t look serious. But for your quarterback to go down, everybody kind of hesitates to make sure he’s all right. He got up with his usual smile on his face, so everybody kind of thought everything was OK.”

Jackson made it clear that there was nothing unusual about the play.

“It just happened,” he said. “No jump cut, no nothing. It just happened, just happened. It was one of those freak accidents. It just happened.”

Jackson said that he believed Watson’s departure from practice was believed to be precautionary, and that it was a shock to learn that he had torn an ACL.

“Because I saw how it happened, I was like, ‘Man, it’s got to be a joke,'” Jackson said. “Because it was nothing at all. He was just kind of trotting and he just kind of went down. And even when he went down, no one thought anything of it.”

It’s a stark reminder of how quickly things can change, for any team at any time. For the Texans, the challenge now becomes finding a way to compete without the most dynamic and impressive young player the NFL has seen in a long time.

32 responses to “Deshaun Watson injury a “freak accident” that happened on a routine play

  1. Now… apologize to Cleveland Browns fans for all the abuse for drafting an intelligent, structurally solid quarterback who would cost less in free agency.

    Sure… the fragile Deshaun Watson has more high end than DeShone Kizer… but… Cleveland doesn’t have two receivers playing at All-Pro level like Houston’s Hopkins/Fuller.

  2. Word around the league before the draft was that several teams were worried that DeShaun had “brittle” knees, and would be injury prone.
    In fact, it is why the Chiefs moved up to take Mahomes instead of allowing Watson to fall to them

  3. Is it possible a slight strain of the ACL was missed during the Seahawk game? There was a play were a Texan blocked a Seahawk to the ground and roll up to his shin. 4Q 14:55 3rd and 14.

  4. It’s the NFL where every plan can be your last. Even in practice. What a shame for the kid and the fans.

  5. His ACL must have been about to tear at any moment. If it didn’t happen at practice it would have happened pretty soon.

  6. Iknowitall says:
    November 3, 2017 at 5:55 pm
    Word around the league before the draft was that several teams were worried that DeShaun had “brittle” knees, and would be injury prone.
    In fact, it is why the Chiefs moved up to take Mahomes instead of allowing Watson to fall to them

    —————–
    Your unhealthy obsession with Patrick Mahomes is creepy…

  7. Look on the bright side. When the kid comes back he’s going to have a ton of confidence because he proved himself during the time on the field he did have.

    If he had been mediocre obviously there wouldn’t be much concern about his return. Hope the kid makes it back.

  8. I have a feeling it started to tear on that last sack in the Seattle game. Such a shame, and a great loss for the Texans and the NFL. Heal up, kid, and come back stronger!

  9. Something similar happened to Mariano Rivera, no? Shagging fly balls in the Yankees outfield, and it was just a freak thing. “Glass knees” not required.

  10. downtownswinga says:
    November 3, 2017 at 6:45 pm
    Iknowitall says:
    November 3, 2017 at 5:55 pm
    Word around the league before the draft was that several teams were worried that DeShaun had “brittle” knees, and would be injury prone.
    In fact, it is why the Chiefs moved up to take Mahomes instead of allowing Watson to fall to them

    —————–
    Your unhealthy obsession with Patrick Mahomes is creepy…

    *******************************************************

    Its very creepy to be a hater. Just sayin

  11. thermanmerman99 says:
    November 3, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Has jemele Hill blamed Trump for causing this injury yet?
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    He’s enough of a boob that there is no reason to make up reasons to blame him – plenty of documented behavior, on tape, already.

  12. Too bad for DeShaun, but oh well.
    But I have no sympathy for kneelers and those who disrespect the anthem, and my country.
    But i am sure he will have no issue enjoying the top notch medical care he will get as a benefit provided by Mr. McNair and this great country

  13. Mobile quarterbacks don’t last. It’s not a question of black vs white. Steve Grogan scored 14 TD’s in his 2nd year and never was healthy again. You have to be a pocket passer to be great in the NFL. History has proven that.

  14. Its an epidemic in football today. Back when your biggest o-lineman weighed about 270 pounds this stuff wasnt happening nearly as frequently. All of these injuries are certainly related to how intensely these guys train their bodies nowadays.

  15. Why is all the intelligence wasted on this site. You guys should be NFL scouts and team Dr.’s. Most of you have no knowledge of this young man or his work ethic. He will be fine and he will lead the Texans to a super bowl. Write it down. Save this post so you can repost when it happens.

  16. He’s got those chicken legs for sure. He’s more like a basketball point guard than a QB. He’s still great though.

  17. Deshaun played on a torn ACL before. The comments that he may have been injured in Seattle are worth looking into. He may have just kept going without letting on. When he fell oddly in practice, and jumped right back up, I bet a trainer got real curious.

  18. No! You do not get to pull a clowney; you cannot flash a few games of greatness, get injury, collect a paycheck, and then demand huge contract once your rookie deal is over.

  19. Watson seems to be getting a lot of bashing directed at him and I don’t get it. He seems to be a stand up guy who, as a Rook, is already very involved in the community. He’s intelligent and well spoken. I mean, the kid gets his knee blown out at the outset of a promising career and guys who probably only competed for 5th Tuba chair in their Grade School band are blasting away at the kid. I don’t get it…

    It’s like Bridgewater in Minnesota … all the kid ever did was show up and compete – it’s crap like this that gives “the internet troll” a bad name.

    I’m pulling for these guys and I’ve never been a fan of individual players – even Packers players. I’ve never bought a jersey with a player name or number on it … but some guys, you just HAVE to pull for because they’re good guys. Watson, Bridgwater, Bradford, Rodgers and Watt … I don’t know, the state of NFL fandom (at least on the internet) is pathetic. Underneath all that padding and hardened plastic are real live people

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