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Reigning AFC Offensive Player of the Month Watson tears ACL in practice, out for season

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) talks with a teammate on the bench during the third quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson tore an ACL during Thursday's practice and is done for the season, the NFL Network reported.

The Texans confirmed the severity of the injury through an MRI exam.

The injury reportedly happened on a non-contact play during the team's workout.

Watson was tied for the NFL lead with 19 touchdown passes, the most any NFL player has recorded through his first seven games.

Tom Savage will be under center when Houston (3-4-0) faces the Indianapolis Colts (2-6-0) on Sunday.

Watson, who led Clemson to the college national championship last season, was an immediate sensation as the 12th overall pick of the 2017 draft. He passed for 1,699 yards and rushed for 269 more and two scores.

Earlier Thursday, Watson was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for October, becoming the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to win the award. He joined Barry Sanders (1989), Edgerrin James (1999), Mike Anderson (2000) and Kareem Hunt (2017) as the only rookies to win the league's player of the month award.

Not surprisingly, Watson also was named the AFC Rookie of the Month for October.

Watson completed 77 of 124 passes for 1,171 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions in four games last month. The 22-year-old added 21 carries for 145 yards and a rushing touchdown.

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