NFL players go through a lot to suit up sometimes.
The Houston Texans sent quarterback Deshaun Watson on a 12-hour bus ride to Jacksonville for their game against the Jaguars instead of having him fly. According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, the team was worried about the air on a flight affecting him due to a bruised lung and rib injuries.
The bus ride isn’t the craziest part of the story, though it’s highly unusual. It’s that a team was so worried about Watson’s injuries that it wouldn’t let him on a plane, yet he started and faced a Jaguars defense full of Pro Bowlers trying to drive him into the ground every play.
Don’t forget this is a dangerous job.
Watson has been through a couple ACL injuries and now there’s this.
It was a good day for Watson and the Texans, who beat the Jaguars, 20-7. Houston didn’t need a lot from Watson, whose 139 passing and touchdown through the air were enough to be a Jacksonville team struggling to move the ball for a second straight game.
His touchdown pass to Deandre Hopkins early in the third quarter pushed Houston’s lead to 20-0.
We shouldn’t underestimate Watson’s toughness. Hopefully he doesn’t have to spend the whole season riding buses like a minor-league baseball player.
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