Two-team AFC South race after Deshaun Watson's injury? Not so fast

Nov 05, 2017, 01:13
Two-team AFC South race after Deshaun Watson's injury? Not so fast

Watson was injured on the same day that he was named the AFC's Offensive Player of the Month, marking the first time in National Football League history that a rookie quarterback had ever been given that honor.

Swinney said in a statement he spoke with Watson late Thursday afternoon about the disappointing news.

A few minutes later, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that on-site tests on Watson's knee affirm that he did tear his ACL. But, he is a person who has had some setbacks in his life, and always comes back stronger. He can at least look toward 2018 as a chance to build off what was an eye-opening rookie season.

Deshaun Watson tore his ACL in practice Thursday.

Watson has been outstanding since taking over as the Texans starter in Week Two, and has played in six games, winning three and throwing for 1597 yards, completing 18 touchdown passes and running in two more. "Then he suffered an injury during the Georgia Tech game", Swinney said. Watson finished the game going 12 for 23 in pass attempts for 102 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Watson rebounded from the injury to be named a Heisman finalist in 2015 and 2016. Watching anyone go down with a season-ending injury is brutal, but watching Watson get sidelined really stings.

As a freshman with the Tigers, Watson tore his left ACL towards the end of the season but was still able to play on it and helped lead Clemson to a win over SC.