Did the Texans have no choice but to activate Deshaun Watson on Thursday?
Huddle! Here’s a look back at that weekend on the grill, with three key takeaways from the state’s football scene.
The Deshaun Watson saga takes a different turn
It’s a good time for the Houston Texans to have a short week due to a game on Thursday.
With the Watson saga still very much surrounding the organization, the Texans will now have to make a quick decision as to whether they will activate Watson after he does not dress for the first two weeks of the season following a series of sexual assaults. allegations during the offseason.
Watson faces 22 lawsuits, possible criminal charges and has requested an exchange.
Starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor suffered a hamstring injury in a 31-21 loss to Cleveland, and these usually take a while to recover.
The only other available quarterback was rookie Davis Mills, who threw a touchdown pass and is available to play Thursday against Carolina.
But if Taylor can’t get dressed, the Texans will need a backup, whether it’s Watson or someone else who needs to be signed.
Asked after the Cleveland game whether Watson will be activated, Houston head coach David Culley replied, “We’ll have to see,” according to NFL Network.
Texas Tech with a Chance to Make a Statement
Texas Tech is off to a 3-0 start this year, but pundits can rightly point out that those wins came against Houston, Stephen F. Austin and Florida International.
However, the Red Raiders can really grab people’s attention this Saturday when they travel to Austin for a noon kickoff against Texas.
Texas Tech has lost three straight games in the rivalry, including a 63-56 overtime loss at home to Lubbock last year when the Longhorns were ranked No. 8 nationally.
Witten adapts to high school football training
Does anyone wonder what Jason Witten is doing these days? Well, the legendary former Cowboys tight end and former Monday Night Football announcer is now trying his hand at high school football practice.
Hired in the offseason as the head coach of Liberty Christian School in Argyle, a suburb of Dallas, Witten left for a 1-2 start at school.
Last year he played one final season for the Oakland Raiders before retiring for good.
He’s trying to revitalize a Liberty Christian schedule that has gone 13-20 in his previous three seasons.
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