Not practicing due to ankle and calf injuries, Deshaun Watson is attending quarterback meetings

Cincinnati Bengals v Houston Texans
Getty Images

Whenever Texans coach David Culley fields questions about quarterback Deshaun Watson, the non-answer comes with a delivery that best could be described as frenetic bewilderment.

On Wednesday, Texans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly gave a real answer about Watson’s current whereabouts. (We haven’t seen the video and thus can’t comment on whether the explanation was either frenetic or bewildered.)

The context — now that the Texans are practicing in pads, Watson isn’t present at practice. As Kelly explained it, Watson is attending meetings.

“He’s been a great asset for us in the room and some of the stuff we do, how he sees it and how he sees the intent of the plays,” Kelly said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “It’s been great. He’s been very helpful with those players. Again, we’re doing a good job of keeping him engaged and going through some different stuff with him. He’s been good for those players.”

Via McClain, Watson hasn’t been on the practice field because he has injuries to his ankle and calf. It’s unknown whether those injuries would keep him from practicing but for the bizarre and awkward posture that player and team currently occupy, given Watson’s desire to be traded, the team’s desire to trade him, the uncertainty arising from 22 civil lawsuits, the existence of 10 criminal complaints, the inevitability of a grand jury taking up the matter, and the possibility of an indictment.

“We’re worried about the guys that are out there practicing,” Kelly said. “Tyrod’s taking the [first-team] snaps, and we’ve got [Jeff Driskel] and Davis, and they’re doing a good job for us. We’re getting those three players ready to go.”

Implicit in that remark is the reality that they’re not getting the fourth player ready to go. Well, they’re getting him ready to literally go. The question is where he’ll be going and whether he’ll be sent in that direction via negotiation between two NFL teams or decree of the league office.

10 responses to “Not practicing due to ankle and calf injuries, Deshaun Watson is attending quarterback meetings

  1. If I had to guess we wont see Watson playing in a real game til at the earliest week 5 of the 2022 season

  2. This is such a ridiculous situation. The NFL needs to step in and do something very soon. Watson is making a mockery of his team, the lawsuits and the police investigations. I thought a lot of this guy at one point but he’s just a punk and the Texans management are a bunch of morans.

  3. With the Texans history of making horrible trades, wonder how many picks and money they’ll give away to trade Watson?

    It could be historical, in a bad way for the Texans

  4. Please stop with this obsession with Deshaun Watson and practice. Because he hasn’t been traded your reporting is all slanted towards making David Culley’’s answers about his status look/sound foolish and now you drag the OC into it with your backhanded comments because you haven’t seen the video.

    Deshaun Watson will not be playing a down of football this year,regardless of how David Culley doesn’t answer questions they say you would like him to do so…

  5. ankle and calf injuries? perhaps a massage would help.

    go back to the playoff game when Houston lost a massive lead to KC. With Houston leading 24-0 early in the 2nd quarter Watson is celebrating on the sidelines by playing air-guitar; meanwhile Mahomes is telling his teammates one play at a time and there’s plenty of time to go.

    fast forward to late in the 3rd quarter, with plenty of time to go, but the Texans down 10, Watson is on the bench by himself pouting, Mahomes is still telling his teammates one play at a time.

    would Brady, Mahomes, Wilson, Rodgers, Manning, Elway, Montana, Unitas..any great QB for that matter…would any of them ever play air-guitar on the sideline celebrating before the game was over…never mind early in the 2nd quarter of a playoff game on the road. it’s rhetorical….no, none of them would.

    watson was nothing close to a winner long before the world found out about his 40 or so masseuses’ (that we know of)

  6. waytohigh says:
    August 4, 2021 at 6:33 pm
    With the Texans history of making horrible trades, wonder how many picks and money they’ll give away to trade Watson?

    It could be historical, in a bad way for the Texans
    —————

    O’Brien is gone.

    Caserio isn’t stupid.

  7. Waytohigh, it’s going to be either

    A) like those 5-minute, grab-all-you-can shopping sprees, where the trade partner team’s coaches try to shove out the locker room door as many and/or as premium players as they can

    or

    B)the booth filled with air jets and $100s, only this one will be each player’s bubble gum trading cards (gotta love the irony!) that the coaches are trying to pluck out of the whirling air.

    Which do you choose, waytohigh and other football-starved fans?

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.