Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson runs on treadmill for first time since tearing ACL
On Monday, the first day of the NFL offseason, Watson posted a video on Instagram of him running on an AlterG anti-gravity treadmill at NRG Stadium.
Watson tore the ACL in his right leg during practice on Nov. 2. In the seven games before he tore his ACL, the rookie quarterback threw for 1,699 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. At the time he got hurt, Watson was tied for the NFL lead in passing touchdowns and was on pace to shatter the rookie record in that category.
At the Senior Bowl, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said Watson is ahead of schedule in his rehab. Watson was originally given a timeline of eight to nine months for his recovery, which would have had him back on the field for training camp. Now, O’Brien said, there is a chance Watson could return in at least some capacity during organized team activities. The Texans’ offseason program will begin mid-April and last until mid-June.
“Training camp is a guarantee,” Watson said on Sports Radio 610 during the week leading up to the Super Bowl. “I am making sure I am ready for training camp for sure. OTAs, it just depends on everything on how it is coming along, but for sure training camp.
“The more reps I can get during OTAs, during the summer and during training camp is going to be very, very helpful, not just for me but for the whole team. OTAs is the main focus right now.”