O'Brien: JJ Watt, Whitney Mercilus out for rest of season

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley is taken off the field on a cart after he was injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Sunday Oct. 8 2017 in Houston


Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt is finding it hard to contain his emotions after suffering a possible season-ending leg injury Sunday night in Houston's 42-34 loss to the Chiefs.

Houston and its rifle-armed rookie drove the length of the field - 9 plays and 70 yards in total - erased Kairo Santos' field goal a series earlier and drew the Texans within a pair of field goals with Watson's 48-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown strike to Fuller.

You stack the box and try your hand stopping the deep ball, only to have wide receiver Tyreek Hill average 13.7 yards per catch or tight end Travis Kelce beat a safety for a big gain.

"I feel bad for the guy", O'Brien said after Sunday's game. However, it's that same daring style that makes Watson so unsafe, and there is little doubt that his deep ball, escapability, and scrambling are making teams have to defend the entire field far more than any other quarterback in the O'Brien Era.

The way Houston went about getting Watson was unconventional, to say the least, but it has paid off in a big way.

"His composure, we were down so much we were down and he was rallying guys on the sidelines", said Hopkins.

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"I can tell you right now that I am not going to be one of those guys that is going to play as long as I possibly can".

The rookie out of Clemson started off his professional career slowly, looking a little overwhelmed as a passer but showing off his ability to run and make plays with his legs. "The throws that he made toward the end of the game were some special throws". That's a good feeling.

One thing we do know, is that the Texans have some good young defensive players like Christian Covinginton, Carlos Watkins, Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole. "That's just him being Deshaun".

Smith also ranks third in yards passing, better than such notables as Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger.

If you had the ability to look five years into the future, and you chose to focus on the National Football League instead of, say, the stock market, there's a really good chance you'd see two stars from Sunday night still running the show in 2022.

"I feel bad for the guy", Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said. O'Brien said he was concerned about his injury, but did not provide any further details on it after the game.

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