Deshaun Watson Took a 12-Hour Bus Trip in Sunday’s Win over Jaguars for Health Reasons

Deshaun Watson with the Houston Texans in 2017
Deshaun Watson with the Houston Texans in 2017. Photo by Jevone Moore/Cal Sport Media/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9179207aa)

Houston Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson took a 12-hour bus trip to Jacksonville as the rest of his teammates flew to avoid the air pressure caused by flying. The Texans went on to win the game 20-7 and end the Jaguar’s 4-game winning streak.

The Texans asked Watson to travel by bus as a precautionary move noting the quarterback has a collapsed lung that could swell if exposed to air pressure on a plane. Watson was fully prepared for the game and had attended practice throughout the week.

Although he wasn’t at his best, Watson played well, completing 12 of 24 passes for 139 yards. He also scored a touchdown and rushed seven times for 13 yards. With the 23-year-old injured, running back Lamar Miller stepped up to rush 22 times for 100 yards and offload the pressure on his teammate. He also scored a touchdown.

Together with their defensive players, the Texans were able to scale past the Jaguars and extend their winning streak to four. Houston started the season with three losses, but have been performing consistently well in the last four games.

However, as evidenced in Sunday’s game, they need Watson to win games.  The team’s success this season will be dependent on the 23-year-old form or the ability of his teammates to perform consistently.