When Texans head coach David Culley was asked on Sunday whether Deshaun Watson would be activated for Thursday’s game against the Panthers, he replied “we’ll have to see.”
Culley and the Texans made a decision before he meets with the media on Monday morning. Culley said Watson will be inactive again this week. Watson was struck out of the first two games for what the Texans call personal reasons.
The question of Watson’s role arose because Tyrod Taylor suffered a hamstring injury and missed the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Browns. Culley said Taylor’s status is on a day-to-day basis and the Texans have the “greatest confidence” in picking Davis Mills as a starter if Taylor can’t play. Mills was 8 of 18 for 102 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his first regular-season action in the NFL.
With Watson about to be inactive, the Texans would likely call Jeff Driskel from the practice squad if Mills starts against Carolina.