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Ouch! Deshaun Watson Reportedly Suffers ACL Tear That Could End His Season

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Deshaun Watson was blooming into a star for the Houston Texans, before getting injured earlier today.


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The rookie quarterback from Clemson had thrown a league-leading 19 touchdowns in seven games, posting a 103.0 passer rating while guiding the Texans to a 3-3 record that kept them in the hunt for an AFC South title.

But those championship dreams took a significant hit on Thursday amid reports of Watson suffering a torn ACL in a non-contact drill at practice:


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Watson was the third quarterback selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, but has played like the draft’s best prospect. Even though Watson was picked after Mitch Trubisky (Chicago Bears, 2nd overall) and Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs, 10th overall), he has out-played every other member of his rookie class so far. Watson was a clear-cut front runner for NFL Rookie of the Year, and was making an outside push for league MVP honors if he kept at his current pace.

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Watson had strung together four consecutive games with a passer rating of 100 or better, culminating with a 402-yard, four-touchdown performance against the Seattle Seahawks on the road. It’s not often you see a quarterback post a 106.9 rating against the Seahawks pass defense, but to see a rookie do it was quite impressive. Watson’s presence turned a boring, run-based Texans offense into the league’s highest scoring unit. Unfortunately, his knee injury could put that to an end and keep him out until the 2018 season.


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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at The Ten-Yard Line, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.