After collaborating in a restricted capability throughout the first 5 days of coaching camp, Watson has not practiced the previous 4 days. In Monday’s observe — his final look — Watson did go to the sideline to speak to the coach however then went again out onto the sphere.
The place is Watson when he is not at observe? Culley did not reply when questioned about it on Friday.
What’s Deshaun Watson doing throughout observe?
Culley: “Nothing’s modified.”
What does he do throughout the day?
Culley: “Nothing has modified.”
Is he within the stadium?
A number of sources inform ESPN that Watson is on the Texans’ facility throughout observe.
Watson reported to coaching camp on July 25 after asking for a trade in January. He would have been fined $50,000 a day had he not reported. Lower than two months after Watson’s commerce request, the primary of 23 lawsuits was filed, alleging inappropriate sexual conduct throughout therapeutic massage periods. All however one stay lively civil circumstances.
Here’s what we find out about a number of different questions surrounding Watson and his future with the staff.
What’s the staff saying about his well being and standing?
On July 28, the day of the Texans’ first coaching camp observe, Culley answered 15 questions on Watson’s standing with the staff. He did not give many particulars, however when requested about why the quarterback took half in positional drills however no staff intervals, the first-year head coach mentioned it was as a result of Watson wasn’t right here for the staff’s offseason program.
“When he got here in, we principally determined that we needed to — when he is able to do what we really feel like he must do from a standpoint of this can be a ramp-up interval, and we do not need to get to the scenario the place we’re having him do one thing that he is not able to do proper now,” Culley mentioned. “We determined that the person intervals had been the intervals that we may get him in the place nothing occurs. Transferring ahead, we’ll decide on that.”
Since then, Culley has caught to a couple customary solutions when a reporter asks about Watson’s standing and actions. Here is a sampling:
Thursday, July 29: What we’ve seen in Watson the primary two days, ought to we count on to see the remainder of camp?
Culley: “You already know, once more, as we mentioned earlier than, it is a day by day deal and there is not any change from yesterday.”
Friday, July 30: Will Watson observe with pads?
Culley: “Nothing has modified from earlier instances.”
Tuesday, Aug. 3: Is Watson injured? Was he within the constructing?
Culley: “Nicely, as I mentioned earlier than, we’re day-to-day with it. The one factor that is modified from the standpoint of that’s we make choices every single day primarily based on what’s finest for our soccer staff, and I will depart it at that.”
Will Watson costume for preseason video games?
The following step in coaching camp is preseason video games. Houston opens Aug. 14 towards the Inexperienced Bay Packers at Lambeau Discipline. It appears unlikely Watson — who basically served because the staff’s fourth quarterback throughout the practices — would journey.
Nothing we have seen throughout observe, with quarterback Tyrod Taylor taking the vast majority of the reps adopted by rookie quarterback Davis Mills and veteran quarterback Jeff Driskel, signifies the Texans count on Watson to play.
The place do the lawsuits stand now?
Nothing has modified publicly, because the legal professionals Rusty Hardin (Watson’s lawyer) and Tony Buzbee (the lawyer for the 22 plaintiffs) proceed to undergo the invention part.
In accordance with the agreed-to docket for the case, if these lawsuits proceed to trial, depositions are set to start in September. The plaintiffs could be deposed earlier than Watson, who cannot be deposed earlier than Feb. 22, 2022, in keeping with that schedule.
The plaintiffs may individually, or as a gaggle, conform to a settlement with Watson, which might change the timeline of Watson’s authorized scenario.
When it comes to prison expenses, 10 women have filed complaints with Houston police about Watson, Hardin advised ESPN’s John Barr final month. In accordance with Hardin, eight of these girls are among the many 22 girls who’ve filed lawsuits towards Watson and two of the ladies haven’t filed lawsuits. The Houston Police Division has not given a public replace concerning any expenses.
Will commissioner Roger Goodell put Watson on the exempt record?
On the day earlier than the Texans’ first observe, the NFL launched an announcement saying the league wouldn’t put any restrictions on Watson collaborating in staff actions.
“The NFL’s evaluate of the intense allegations towards Deshaun Watson stays ongoing and lively,” the NFL mentioned in an announcement final month. “We’re working cooperatively with the Houston Police Division and making certain that the NFL’s inquiry doesn’t intrude with their investigation. As we proceed to assemble extra data and monitor regulation enforcement developments, we’ll make acceptable choices according to the Collective Bargaining Settlement and the Private Conduct Coverage.”
On the time, a supply advised ESPN the NFL had not been given entry to most of the plaintiffs who filed the lawsuits or to 3rd events who may need related data. The NFL additionally had not been given entry to proof the police had gathered of their investigation.
Based mostly on that assertion, it appears unlikely that the NFL would reverse its choice and put him on the commissioner’s exempt record except and till one thing adjustments with Watson’s authorized scenario.
What’s subsequent for Watson and the Texans? When will he be traded?
The Texans are willing to trade Watson if the precise supply is offered and common supervisor Nick Caserio can get what he deems to be an acceptable return.
If that provide just isn’t there, the Texans must decide in regards to the 2021 season. Would Watson begin? Would he be a wholesome scratch? Would he find yourself on injured reserve? Would he be excused from the staff and paid? Till the staff makes that call, it appears we’ll be advised “nothing has modified.”