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Houston Texans’ Deshaun Watson unlikely to travel for preseason opener

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Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) looks for an open receiver against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is expected to stay home for the weekend while the team travels to Green Bay to play the Packers in the preseason opener.

General manager Nick Caserio said the team isn’t expecting Watson on board for the trip. The Texans are gingerly handling what has been an awkward situation during practices since training camp began.

Caserio, in an interview with 610 AM in Houston on Tuesday, revealed little about the state of negotiations or any pending trade offers amidst reports the franchise was now listening intently to incoming deals from multiple suitors.

Watson was largely an observer for the first two weeks of training camp. Head coach David Culley said he was dealing with a calf issue.

Culley said Watson would be “unlikely to play” vs. the Packers based on the limited number of reps he received in the new offense.

Prior to Culley being hired as head coach, Watson requested a trade. The team has reportedly shifted from its original stance of not wanting to part with Watson to looking at what might be on the table via trade.

Without Watson under center, journeyman Tyrod Taylor has worked with the first-team offense.

–Field Level Media