If Deshaun Watson is able to get through practice today, Tuesday Sept. 12, he will start at quarterback Thursday night against the Bengals, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 12, 2017
Watson was listed as a limited participant in practice on Monday’s injury report with an ankle injury.
In relief of Tom Savage during the second half of Sunday’s game, Watson provided a slight spark in an otherwise ineffective offense.
The instability along the offensive line gives Watson the upper hand on the depth chart because his mobility allows him to escape a collapsed pocket to create more time for the play to develop – something Savage struggled with mightily in the first half when he was sacked six times on Sunday.
Along with Watson, the Texans took a physical hounding Sunday from the Jaguars as five separate players are in the concussion protocol as of Monday, including all three tight ends on the roster. In total, nine players did not participate in practice.
The Texans will face the Bengals (0-1) on Thursday Night Football with kickoff set for 7:25 PM.