Texans coach: Watson injury won’t spell doom for team

David J. Phillip/File/Associated Press Houston Texans rookie quarterback sensation Deshaun Watson suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a knee during practice and is out for the season.

HOUSTON — With Deshaun Watson’s year done, the Houston Texans will look to Tom Savage to try and salvage their season.

 

Coach Bill O’Brien confirmed that Watson was out for the season on Friday, a day after the star rookie quarterback tore the anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees during practice. O’Brien said he didn’t have any other details on the injury, and wouldn’t say if Watson will have surgery.

A fiery O’Brien brushed aside the notion that Watson’s injury signaled doom for this team.

“We’re not going to give in to what’s out there – (that) the demise of the Houston Texans is upon us,” he said. “Like that’s ridiculous. We’re going to show up and fight and play.”

Savage started the season opener, but he was benched at halftime in favor of Watson, who started each game since. Savage will make his fourth career start when the Texans host the Colts on Sunday.

“You can’t really replace Deshaun Watson. You know what I mean,” Savage said. “ But that’s not my job. My job is to go out there and help this team win and do whatever I can to help.”

Watson was in the locker room before practice on Friday, but a team official said he didn’t want to speak to reporters. He later released a long statement on Twitter .

“I promise that I will continue to work diligently so that this team can one day bring a championship to Houston,” he wrote. “And when I return I will be better, stronger and more focused than ever before! Now the grind begins.”

Watson’s injury is the latest setback afer losing three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt and linebacker Whitney Mercilus to season-ending injuries on Oct. 8.

 

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