Twas’ the game after Christmas,
Watson’s hand got caught during his throw.
The Texans lost the football,
which turned into their 4th consecutive loss in a row.
All joking aside, the Texans 37-31 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals was another tough loss. Tensions were high post-game and defensive player J.J. Watt spoke to and through the media about his expectations for players and how disappointed he is for Texans fans.
“If you can’t come in and put work in in the building, go out to the practice field and work hard, do your lifts and do what you’re supposed to do, you should not be here. This is a job. We are getting paid a whole lot of money,” Watt said.
He went on to say, “Because this is a privilege. It’s the greatest job in the world. We get to go out and play a game. And if you can’t care enough, even in Week 17, even when you’re trash, when you’re 4-11. If you can’t care enough to go out there and give everything you got and try your hardest. That’s bulls-.”
He ended by saying, “That’s who I feel the most bad for is our fans and the people who care so deeply in this city, and the people who love it and who truly want it to be great and it’s not. And that sucks as a player to know that we’re not giving them what they deserve.”
It was a pretty rough game as there was a late turnover that effectively cost the Texans the win. As always with Watson at the helm, the Texans were able to stay in the game for a while. With under two minutes to go in the game Watson’s hand got stuck in Sam Hubbard’s helmet when he drew back for a throw. The unexpected fumble sent him to the ground in enough pain that he had to have his hand checked out by the team doctors.
Watson returned to finish out the game but unfortunately by that time the team’s fate was sealed.
Texans interim head coach Romeo Crennel shared, “He was able to come back, he felt good about it. The doctors didn’t think anything major was an issue. They’ll check him out of course and do scans … and then we’ll know more about what the deal is tomorrow or the next day.”
The Texans will close out their season next week. When asked if he planned on participating in the week 17 game, Watson said, “They were just checking it out, just being precautious. But I’m pretty fine now … Yeah, I will [play in week 17 game]. I’ll play.”
Watson was 24 of 33 for 324 yards and three touchdowns. The Texans will face the Tennessee Titans at home for their final game of the season next week.