Deshaun Watson: the rise and stunning fall of the NFL’s most exciting player

The Texans quarterback had been on pace to rewrite the rookie quarterback record book until suffering a season-ending ACL tear in practice on Thursday

An NFL season marked by big-name player injuries and declining TV ratings was dealt more of the former on Thursday when Texans rookie DeShaun Watson tore his ACL, an incident that will likely lead to more of the latter.

Through eight weeks of the 2017 season, Watson proved to be the most exciting player in the NFL at the sport’s marquee position and the league’s new appointment-viewing player. Most every record for rookie quarterbacks was in his sights, too.

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