If Texans plan to use Deshaun Watson, NFL will have a decision to make

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The Texans face the Panthers on Thursday night, and quarterback Tyrod Taylor has a hamstring injury. Coach David Culley said Sunday as to whether Deshaun Watson will play in Taylor’s absence, “We’ll see.”

The league office would likely say the same thing.

As previously explained, the league hasn’t decided whether to place Watson on paid leave because it hasn’t had to make a decision. The Texans have made it for the league. If the Texans decide to have Watson play, the league would have to decide whether to intervene.

Regardless, it would be a major shock if anyone other than Davis Mills plays quarterback for the Texans on Thursday night, if Taylor can’t go.

13 responses to “If Texans plan to use Deshaun Watson, NFL will have a decision to make

  1. Or will Watson be the Dolphins starting quarterback next Sunday in Las Vegas or the following Sunday at home against the Colts? 🤔

  2. Goodell is a joke. Zeke got what, 6 games for an allegation and investigation? Brady got 4 games for literally no proof of anything? And yet DeShaun has had 22 civil lawsuits filed against him… and crickets from Goodell. Yes, I understand how law works and these are just allegations. But the personal conduct policy provides him very broad powers which he has abused plenty of times in the past. The problem is that he and the NFL have wanted to annoint DeShaun and Lamar as the Big 3 alongside Mahomes and are so committed to that narrative.

  3. Watson is not even in football shape anymore. Any team dumb enough to trade for him should expect to have to wait a few weeks before hey can start him.

  4. Why can’t they just put him on injured reserve?

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    He’s not hurt and could file a grievance with the NFLPA against the Texans. He hasn’t been charged with a crime (yet?) or broke any NFL rules.

  5. MortimerInMiami says:
    September 19, 2021 at 8:09 pm
    Or will Watson be the Dolphins starting quarterback next Sunday in Las Vegas or the following Sunday at home against the Colts? 🤔

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    After the way you guys played today, you’re not getting Watson unless you give up your next 7 first rounders. BB trained Caserio well and he knows when he has a putrid GM over a barrel.

  6. September 19, 2021 at 9:16 pm
    Goodell is a joke. Zeke got what, 6 games for an allegation and investigation? Brady got 4 games for literally no proof of anything? And yet DeShaun has had 22 civil lawsuits filed against him… and crickets from Goodell. Yes, I understand how law works and these are just allegations. But the personal conduct policy provides him very broad powers which he has abused plenty of times in the past. The problem is that he and the NFL have wanted to annoint DeShaun and Lamar as the Big 3 alongside Mahomes and are so committed to that narrative.

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    Nope. The Cowboys and Patriots were never going to sit Zeke or Brady voluntarily, so it forced the league to do something. Right now, Watson is content to collect paychecks without playing, so there is no reason for the league to do anything. If he was adamant about playing, and wouldn’t stay on the sidelines quietly, then the league would have stepped in.

    Similar to how baseball is handling the Trevor Bauer situation. He is voluntarily sitting out, and getting paid.

  7. If this is simply a 10 million dollar PR issue, yes, they can just put Watson on an exempt list. Sure. Probably make Watson very happy. But remember there’s more to this than the player being involved in potentially criminal activities. You have a star player refusing to play and demanding a trade. Guess what? The NFL doesn’t want that either. By not doing anything, the NFL will let Watson face the music. So if the Texans ask Watson to play and he says no — the Texans would have immediate grounds to suspend Watson WITHOUT pay. That would make all owners happy. So I’m not sure this is such an obvious situation.

  8. realfootballfan says:

    September 19, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Why can’t they just put him on injured reserve?
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    Because hes not injured🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  9. “Dolphins on line 1.”

    So you think they’ll suddenly give up 3 x 1st round picks and 3 x 2nd round picks after making it very clear they weren’t going to cough up that much?

    Yes yes Tua got injured, but it doesn’t sound like its a bad one and he’ll be back soon enough.

    Any GM would have to be nuts to give up their 6 top picks over the next 3 years for Watson.

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