HOUSTON – The Texans cut their active roster to 53 on Tuesday and quarterback Deshaun Watson is sticking with them.
Watson, who is unlikely to play for the Texans in 2021, is likely to be a healthy scratch on match days if he stays in Houston’s 53-man roster. The Texans are ready to keep Watson on their roster for the remainder of the season, a source told ESPN.
Watson is currently facing 22 active civil lawsuits with allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior, but has not been banned from participating in team activities by the NFL. The quarterback also requested a deal in January because he was unsatisfied with the direction of the franchise and the process of hiring General Manager Nick Caserio.
To avoid being fined $ 50,000 a day during training camp, Watson reported in July. In August he was in and out of training, sometimes training and stretching with a trainer on one of the side fields. Head coach David Culley said Watson was not injured and was doing “what we ask of him” while at the team facility.
Watson did not travel to any of the Texans’ preseason games and was not on the sidelines for the preseason final at home.
As long as Watson is on the list, Texans will pay his $ 10.5 million salary in 2021.
The Texans also have quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and rookie Davis Mills on their roster.
“I’ve said from Day 1 that Deshaun is part of this team and we will continue to do business accordingly,” Taylor said recently. “Like I said, he’s a friend of mine. He’s a teammate of mine. And we’re all about to do our best and do whatever we can to help the team win. Roles on this team and we’ll all do our part to make sure everyone is on board. “