To Play Or Not To Play

Watson Availability More Likely Than Not

August 07, 2018 - 4:07 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – When Deshaun Watson tore his ACL last November, the immediate question was could Watson be ready for the start of the year?  Now the question is if he’ll play in the first preseason game on Thursday. 

“We’re going to talk about it today, kind of see where we’re at, look at the reps, do a lot of studying today – today’s a long day for the coaching staff – kind of see where everything’s at, and then we’ll make a decision prior to the game,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien told the media after the final practice in West Virginia.

Watson, 22, appeared in seven games starting six in his rookie year before sustaining the injury.  While Watson has been ahead of schedule from the start, he doesn’t seem to mind whether he plays Thursday at Kansas City or not.

“Honestly, to me, if it happens, it happens. It’s not a big deal. I’m just trusting the process that OB (Bill O’Brien) and the organization have for me, and I know it’s a good plan,” Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson said. “So, I’m just kind of going with the flow and seeing what the game plan is for Thursday.”

Of course, the outcome of the game doesn’t matter.  Sure, you’d like to be the team with more points, but at the end of the day it’s significance is very little at best.  Watson playing is more about getting the reps and seeing the speed of the NFL for the first time since last year. 

When O’Brien was pressed more on the issue if Watson would play or not, his answer was revealing.

“I’d say more likely,” O’Brien said.