The fact that Deshaun Watson is moving forward in his recovery is a great sign for the Houston Texans and their fans. As exciting as this is, the fact of the matter is that caution and patience need to be exercised. The last thing both parties need is for the healing process to not go as planned. Even worse, another injury.
The following clip from Watson’s Instagram appeared on the Texans Twitter feed.
Considering the clip that J.J. Watt posted last week of the pair working out it looks like Watson is moving fast in his recovery.
It is great to see what Watson can already accomplish at this point in his recovery. There is a saying that must be considered.
Just because you can does not mean you should.
Just because Watson can be training in this manner does not mean he should. Throwing a football is an important part of being an NFL quarterback. This video of Watson does not look all that intensive, but the exercise of caution is necessary.
The last thing the Texans need is a hiccup in the recovery process. This is the second time Watson has tore his ACL. The previous injury occurred while Watson was at Clemson. Utilizing the proper tools and methods will allow the ACL to heal properly. The most valuable tool in this situation is time.
At this point in time in the recovery process light physical activity is permitted, but the second video looks a little bit more than light. In fact it appears to have a certain level of intensity to it.
Straight line activity seen in the video is allowed during this recovery stage. The low weight is also permissible. However it is better to be safe than sorry.
While it appears that the process and activities have not interfered with Watson’s recovery it needs be monitored closely. The Texans offense is not the same without Watson. Houston can not afford to have a delay in his recovery and to start the season without him. A fully recovered Watson and ready to go Watson is what the Texans need. If he does not recover correctly and rushes back to the field another injury could occur. If Watson were to suffer yet another ACL injury it could be bad news for the Texans. The possibility that Watson is never the same only increases. To potentially lose a generational talent due to improper recovery methods is not ideal.
The good news is that Watson’s rehabilitation is going well. The videos are evidence of that. This is not a sky is falling scenario by any means just a simple plea to exercise caution. The Texans finally found their quarterback and it would be shame to lose him.