Deshaun Watson returns for first game-action since injury


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(USA TODAY Sports-Denny Medley)
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Former Clemson quarterback and second-year Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson returned to the field Thursday in his first game-action since last October.

Watson suffered a torn ACL in practice last fall on the heels of being named AFC Offensive Player of the Month and tying for the NFL-lead in passing touchdowns (19).

The Gainesville, Georgia product was named a game captain for the Texans at Kansas City Thursday.

After a couple handoffs to start, Watson completed his first and only pass attempt versus the Chiefs defense for four yards. The Texans inserted backup quarterback Brandon Weeden on the second series of the game.

Similar to his injury rehab at Clemson, Watson recovered quickly and return to drills as soon as June offseason team activities (OTAs). Texans coach Bill O'Brien didn't commit in his media comments to Watson playing Thursday, but Watson was ready for anything.

"It’s not a big deal," Watson said of early preseason action this week. "I’m just trusting the process that OB (Bill O’Brien) and the organization have for me, and I know it’s a good plan. So, I’m just kind of going with the flow and seeing what the game plan is for Thursday."

Watson says he's been working on improving a part of his game each day in camp so far.

“Really one percent better each and every day," Watson said, "and just getting the game plan of what we want to do, establish on offense, as a whole and as a team."




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