Deshaun Watson has been battling a chest injury for just over one week, but the good news is that he appears to be trending in a good direction.
"I think he's doing better," head coach Bill O'Brien said Monday. "I'm going to meet with him here this afternoon. Obviously, a physical game yesterday but I think he's doing better, better than he was at this point last week.
Despite sustaining seven sacks and multiple hits in Sunday's 20-13 win over Buffalo, Watson exited the game without a significant setback. He suffered the injury during the Texans overtime win against Dallas on Oct. 7. Last week, Watson said he would play, although he was limited in practice all week. O'Brien praised the second-year quarterback's toughness, a quality that impressed the Texans even during Watson's career at Clemson.
"When he was playing college, playing Alabama, they were running quarterback power and not everybody was blocked," O'Brien said. "You know what I mean? I mean, he's as tough as they come. So that was something that really stood out and his ability to keep his eyes downfield even when the rush was coming."
Following Sunday's win, the Texans are now in a three-way tie atop the AFC South and will face their division rival Jacksonville next. After four consecutive games of over 300 yards passing, Watson was 15-of-25 for just 177 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against Buffalo's defense. O'Brien hopes to make some key corrections this week to get Watson back on track for Week 7 against a talented Jaguars front.
"Now one of the things we have to do for him and with him, and he has to do, is there's times when the ball has to come out a little faster," O'Brien said. "And that is something that we're going to really work on, in addition to many other things, and we're going to really work on it this week.
Watson now has 28 career touchdown passes in 13 career games, which is the second-most in NFL history through a player's first 13 career games (Kurt Warner – 32).
The (3-3) Texans will travel to Jacksonville to face the (3-3) Jaguars on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 12 noon CT on CBS and SportsRadio 610.