Rookie sensation Deshaun Watson tears ACL in practice, out for season

The rookie sensation out of Clemson has his season end early.

Running a read option in practice Houston Texans Deshaun Watson tore his ACL Thursday, according to ESPN. Watson will go through with season ending surgery which will put an end to his historic rookie campaign, according to ESPN.

Odell Beckham Jr., of the New York Giants, reached out to Watson. Beckham Jr. is also going through missing this season due to injury.

“Lil bruh I know at this time things may be scary. Your first year in the league; running for MVP; trying to win a championship, trying to get the spot you deserve, to defy the odds, to do the things they said you can’t, and it all gets taken away,” Beckham messaged to Watson. “Look back in life to when you faced adversity and thought you would not overcome it, and then you did.

“As life went on, more and more obstacles came your way that you had to again overcome time and time again but you got through it somehow. Now life throws you bigger problems and again you’re faced with a test.

“Everything is a blessing in disguise. Truly believe that this all happens for a reason. Take this time to evaluate and appreciate everything you’ve been blessed with. Life’s still good, kid. WE LIVINN!! And we will be back better than ever. I’ll see you this off-season lil b.”

The former Tiger became the first rookie quarterback to ever win the AFC Offensive Player of the Month honor after his performance this past October. He was also named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for completing 62.1 percent of his passes (77/124), throwing 16 touchdowns to only five interceptions to accumulate a passer rating of 116. He also ran for 145 yards on 21 carries and added a touchdown on the ground.

Watson is the only rookie quarterback to ever throw 16 touchdowns in a single calendar month.

Watson went 3-3 as a starter for Texans and in seven games played finished the year with quarterback rating of 103 passing for 1,699 yards, 19 touchdowns to 8 interceptions. On 36 rushing attempts he’s gained 269 yards and found the end zone twice.

By Gino Terrell

Originally published in MCXV.


Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026

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