Deshaun Watson downplays playing with broken rib and partially collapsed lung
It was revealed after Houston’s win that Watson had suffered a broken rib and partially torn lung. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, he has since downplayed the severity of the pain:
Watson was asked about playing with a broken rib and partially collapsed lung in victory over Bills and said everything “was fine” and he wasn’t in pain. Teammates knew he was in a lot of pain.
Football players are renowned for their toughness when it comes to physical injury. However, it is safe to assume that not every player could have endured what Watson did. He completed 33-of-44 passes for 375 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Although it was not his strongest performance, the fact that he managed to help pull out gutsy win makes it all the more impressive.
While it is encouraging to see that Watson is as tough as it gets, it is clear that he has started to suffer some wear and tear from the number of hits he has taken. He has already been sacked 25 times and hit 70 times through the first six games of the season. The Texans will need to fortify their protection if they hope to keep their franchise quarterback healthy. Although there is no indication that Watson will sit out Week 7, Houston must improve up front before he is forced to sit out due to injury.