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Deshaun Watson to remain involved, despite injury

Deshaun Watson's knee surgery was a success.

While he recovers and rehabs, though, his football education and involvement will continue.

The rookie quarterback injured his knee last Thursday during practice, was placed on injured reserve Friday, and was operated on today by team medical director/head team physician/team orthopedist Dr. Walter Lowe.

"Doc Lowe said it was great," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "Everything went great."

O'Brien also said that Watson will continue to be around the facilities, as well as his teammates and coaches, in the coming weeks and months.

"He won't be there this week, but yeah, he's very involved," O'Brien said. "He's in the meetings. He's a good communicator. He's all about football. Look, this guy loves football, he loves his teammates, he's a winner." 

O'Brien and the Texans will continue to send him a game plan on a nightly basis, and will converse with the quarterback about the upcoming opponent and strategies that might or might not work. Quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan elaborated on what the near future will be like while Watson rehabs.

"Our message has been we're going to pick up where we left off and continue to improve, continue building on the things that we've done," Ryan said. "It's been very positive with him since his injury in terms of as soon as we get back, we're getting back to work. Just trying to stay positive and staying focused on the future, because he's obviously got a very bright one as far we're concerned."

Ryan also said Watson will frequently be in quarterback and offensive meetings when able, and that he'll continue to watch as much game and practice film as possible. 

"I think that's the critical point now when he's doing his rehab, is it's all mental, it's all off the film, and then obviously whenever he can start to do things physically, then you work that part into it," Ryan said. "But that's where you start."

Tom Savage, who started last Sunday in place of Watson, said he appreciates input from the rookie, as well as from backups T.J. Yates and Josh Johnson.

"I told them I'm not the type of guy that when I sit on the bench just leave me alone, I don't want to hear it," Savage said. "Come tell me. Tell me whatever you see because he's been out there and he's done it well. So, it's always good to get little pointers here and there."

Savage and the Texans face the Rams this Sunday in Los Angeles at 3:05 p.m. CT.

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