Texans practice in pads, but without Deshaun Watson

Sports // Texans
Matt Young, Chron.com / Houston Chronicle

Aug. 3, 2021Updated: Aug. 3, 2021 11:51 a.m.

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) arrives at NFL football practice Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Justin Rex)Justin Rex/Associated Press

The Texans had their first training camp practice in pads Tuesday, but they did it without Deshaun Watson.

The Texans quarterback, who has asked to be traded, had been on the field for practices since training camp opened last week, showing up to avoid being fined $50,000 per day. During those practices, Watson has taken part in drills with the other quarterbacks, but he’s also been made to serve as a stand-in defensive back for the scout team during walkthroughs.

Although Watson did have his ankle looked at by a trainer during Monday’s practice, the Texans didn’t offer much insight into why he wasn’t at Tuesday’s practice.

“We make decisions every day based on what’s best for our football team,” Texans coach David Culley said after practice. “I’m going to leave it at that.”

When pressed for more answers from the media after practice, Culley didn’t budge, responding, “Nothing new with Deshaun.”

With 22 civil lawsuits filed against him for sexual assault and sexual harassment hanging over his head, the Texans could have given Watson an excused leave of absence, allowing Watson to not get fined but also not have to show up to practice any more.

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