David Culley slams the door shut on chances of Deshaun Watson playing Thursday

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Welp, that didn’t take long for Deshaun Watson to be ruled out.

David Culley, the Houston Texans Head Coach has officially shut down Deshaun Watson for the third straight week. Anybody hoping to see Watson suit up for the first time this year is going to have to wait longer.

Quarterback Jeff Driskel will be elevated from the practice squad, making the true active number of quarterbacks on the Houston Texans roster at two. Culley has a mad amount of respect from his team and his coaching peers in the NFL. It’s safe to say that Watson probably wouldn’t play even if the Texans (god forbid) run out of quarterbacks in the game.

This is also the right move from a football and public relations standpoint. Playing someone who is alleged to have sexually assaulted as many women as he possibly did would add pressure, distraction, and a very bad look for the Texans organization.

It’s another game on the bench (or the couch) for Deshaun Watson

Who knows if Watson will actually show up and be on the sidelines for Thursday’s game against the Carolina Panthers. The only way that the NFL might see him play is if the Miami Dolphins get desperate enough with Tua Tagovailoa’s injury and whoever their backup may be.

At this point, any trade offer has to be accepted. The price may never get back to the level it is now, and every week that passes, less and less compensation is going to be offered. The trade deadline is November 2nd, and there may be a surprise team who needs one for their playoff push.

Could this really be the end of Deshaun Watson’s time in the NFL?