Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, whose promising rookie season ended with a torn ACL in his right knee, is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from the injury, coach Bill O’Brien said Tuesday.
Watson “could be back in some capacity for OTAs,” O’Brien told reporters (via the Houston Chronicle).
Organized team activities typically are in late May and early June, meaning Watson still has months of rehab work ahead of him.
Watson, 22, threw for 19 touchdowns, an NFL rookie record 16 in October alone, before he injured his knee in early November. He completed 126 of 204 passes for 1,699 passing yards with eight interceptions and had a passer rating of 103. He also ran for 269 yards and two TDs.
“He’s an exciting player,” O’Brien said. “He’s an even better player off the field. We’re all excited about his future.”
O’Brien’s talk with reporters Tuesday came during a break from “positive, productive discussions” with owner Bob McNair and vice chairman Cal McNair, the Chronicle reported. O’Brien reiterated he wants to continue as the Texans’ coach but wouldn’t talk specifically about his contract, which has one year remaining.
According to the Chronicle, he’s expected to sign an extension once a new general manager is hired to replace Rick Smith, who stepped aside Sunday to be with his wife, Tiffany, as she undergoes treatment for breast cancer.