Savage back in huddle as Watson-less Texans host Colts
Houston QB’s seasonending ACL injury huge blow to team.
HOUSTON — The Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts will both start backup quarterbacks when they meet Sunday after Deshaun Watson sustained a knee injury in practice Thursday and is heading to injured reserve with Andrew Luck.
Watson suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees and is out for the season, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonym- ity because the team hadn’t announced the injury.
His injury comes the same day the Colts placed Luck on injured reserve. The move wasn’t that surprising considering Luck hasn’t played since shoulder surgery in January. The Colts (2-6) have struggled Colts at Texans, CBS, 1300 terback.
Jacoby Brissett, who has appeared in each game for the Colts this season and has started the past seven after being traded from the Patri- ots on Sept. 2, will start for Indianapolis.
Watson’s injury is a huge in his absence and have lost blow for a team that looked three straight. to have finally solved years of
On Sunday when the Texans problems at quarterback with look for their fourth straight the emergence of the talented win over the Colts, they’ll do 22-year-old. Watson’s 19 touch- it with Tom Savage at quar- down passes are tied for the league lead and are the most in the AFC South with a 3-4 in NFL history through a playrecord, behind the Tenneser’s first seven games. see Titans and Jacksonville
He leads all quarterbacks Jaguars, who are tied for the this season with 21 touch- lead at 4-3. downs overall and has thrown Some things to know: four or more touchdown Number watching: Colts passes in three games this kicker Adam Vinatieri needs season to join Fran Tarken- one point to break a tie with ton as the only rookies in NFL Gary Anderson for second on history to do so. the NFL’s career scoring list
Now they’ll have to rely on (2,434 points). Receiver T.Y. Savage, who started the seaHilton needs nine catches son opener but was benched to pass Bill Brooks (411) for at halftime after managing just No. 6 in franchise history, 62 yards passing and losing and Frank Gore has moved two fumbles, one of which within 193 yards of Jerome was returned for a touchdown, Bettis for No. 6 on the NFL’s in a 29-7 loss to the Jaguars. career rushing chart.
Watson’s injury is the latBut the most important est setback for a team that number might be four. The lost three-time NFL Defen- Colts have lost three straight sive Player of the Year J.J. Watt for the first time since 2015 and and linebacker Whitney Meronly the third time in Chuck cilus to season-ending injuPagano’s 5½ seasons with the ries Oct. 8. Colts. They have never lost
Houston is in third place four in a row under Pagano.
Texans QB Tom Savage, who will start Sunday against the Colts, also started the season opener but was benched at halftime.