The Texans standout defender left in the second quarter

Watt done for the year with injury

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The Texans were down their best defensive player as J.J. Watt left the game with a shoulder injury. After the game he confirmed he was done for the year.


UPDATE: Watt is finished for the season

Watt's postgame comment

That would seem to confirm a lot of the below information but it is all just speculation until an official designation is out.

Shoulder knocks Watt out

Watt jogged to the locker room in the second quarter by himself. He had been in the medical tent after a big tackle for loss against the Raiders deep in Oakland territory. He jogged off without the medical staff but wouldn't return.

Watt now on defense?

The Texans turned to Brennan Scarlett to play opposite Whitney Mercilus in rush packages. Jacob Martin had a QB hit in the first half rushing the passer. Mercilus darted through for a big hit on Raiders running back Josh Jacobs in the third quarter. No Texans player recorded a hit on Derek Carr after Watt left.

Watt's 2019 in jeopardy after the injury

Whitney Mercilus had his season ended by a similar injury in 2017. There is no official word on Watt's injury currently as the Texans will await testing for more information.

Bill O'Brien said after the game Watt went to the hospital right away to get further testing. He mentioned they have had to play with Watt injured for the year before and they would do it again if that was indeed the case.

Other notable injures

Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsil left the game with a shoulder injury and didn't return for the Texans finally drive. Lonnie Johnson left with a concussion. Deshaun Watson was kicked in the face during the above play but remained in the game.

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Here's why the Texans will make the playoffs under Lovie Smith

1. The Houston Texans had a mentally tough practice Saturday. The team has worked a lot in pads and Lovie Smith noted the days starting to build up on them during this practice. The head coach said this is a good practice because it is like the fourth quarter of the games the team will end up playing.

2. Davis Mills threw one of the best passes he has thrown all camp on Saturday. In a red zone drill, he dropped back and whipped a pass between two defenders into the tightest window he has had all camp. Nico Collins hauled in the threaded pass for a score.

3. A few reps later Davis Mills struck again. With traffic from linebackers and defensive backs, he found Chris Conley for a score. It wasn’t as tight of a window as the first one, but Mills snapped it off nonetheless.

4. Pharaoh Brown made something hard look very easy on Saturday. With Mills rolling out and tossing the ball to Brown in the back corner Brown hauled in a one-handed catch and had both feet down. Touchdown. Brown then acted like it was no big deal.

5. Pharaoh Brown has had a wonderful camp. Lovie Smith named him the starting tight end. The thing that really jumped out to me today is he makes his work look easy. He isn’t straining to excel in his opportunities. The good ones always make it look easy and it has looked easy for Brown so far.

6. Rookie linebacker Christian Harris is on the shelf for a few days. He joins fellow rookie Kenyon Green as players who are injured. Max Scharping played left guard with Green down. Wide receiver Phillip Dorset practiced while veteran wideout Chester Rodgers did not.

7. Roy Lopez flashed again today. While Friday was about the rushing attack and Lopez made his presence felt at defensive tackle, he got into the pass rush Saturday. Lopez would have had a bone-crushing sack in a live rep.

8. Ross Blacklock hasn’t been consistent. A statement like that is good and evil. There are some plays where Blacklock looks like he isn’t a factor. I watched one today. A play later he had what would have been a sack on the play. He’s a player to watch in the preseason games closely.

9. Don’t expect to see Derek Stingley in the preseason opener next Saturday. Lovie Smith wouldn’t commit to the rookie cornerback playing in the preseason. Smith did say Stingley is on track to play week one in the regular season.

10. Brevin Jordan has had a nice camp and should be an important piece for the team. Jordan had a bad drop in 7-on-7 drills that he was beating himself up over for a few minutes. That was out of the norm. He’s been used a lot and will be on the field a bit it seems for the Texans.

11. Brevin Jordan also rattled off a few contenders for the quote of the day. He exclaimed he had taken care of himself this offseason and he finally had abs. He also revealed he’s quite the fisherman and once caught a 125-pound tuna. When asked what he did with the tuna Jordan laughed and said “RIP tuna!”

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