Earlier this week, the Houston Texans officially announced their starting quarterback for Week 1 of the 2021 regular season.
Veteran quarterback Tyrod Taylor will be under center on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Of course, that announcement led to questions about star quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Watson is in the midst of over 20 lawsuits from women alleging sexual misconduct against him. With that in mind, the Texans made the decision to start Tyrod at quarterback.
On Friday afternoon, the Texans finally made an official decision on the star quarterback. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Texans officially ruled out Watson.
The team listed him on the injury report as “not injury related.”
Texans officially ruled out QB Deshaun Watson for Sunday’s opener vs Jacksonville. He was listed on injury report as “not injury related.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 10, 2021
Of course, this was always going to be the decision from Houston.
Earlier this week, Texans general manager Nick Caserio further drove home the point that Watson won’t be playing this weekend. In an interview with Sports Radio 610, he said he “wouldn’t anticipate” Watson playing.
“I wouldn’t expect him to play,” Caserio said. “I wouldn’t anticipate him playing this Sunday and we’ll recalibrate as we go.”
With Watson officially inactive for the game, Tyrod Taylor will get the chance to start once again. Rookie quarterback Davis Mills will serve as the team’s backup against the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend.
Houston and Jacksonville kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS.