Deshaun Watson included on Houston Texans' initial 53-man roster

HOUSTON -- Tuesday's 53-man active roster was reduced by the Texans, but quarterback Deshaun Watson is still on it.
Watson is unlikely to play in the Texans' 2021 season. He will be a healthy scratch if he remains on Houston's 53 man roster. According to ESPN, the Texans will keep Watson on their roster the remainder of the season.

Watson is currently facing 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate behaviour. However, he has not been prohibited from participating in NFL team activities. In January, the quarterback requested a trade because he was unhappy with the direction of his franchise and the hiring process for Nick Caserio as general manager.

Watson reported to camp in July, so he wouldn't be fined $50,000 per day. Watson was often in practice throughout August, stretching and working out on the side fields with a trainer. David Culley, Watson's head coach, said that Watson is doing what he was asked to while at the team facility.

Watson was not able to travel to the Texans' preseason game and was not available for the home finale.

The Texans will pay Watson's $10.5 million salary 2021 as long Watson remains on the roster

The Texans have Tyrod Taylor, a quarterback, and rookie Davis Mills as well.

Taylor stated recently that "I have said since Day 1 that Deshaun was a part of the team and we will continue to handle business accordingly." He's a good friend of mine, just like I said. He is a friend of mine. We're all here to win the team. That shows in the different roles we play on this team. We'll all do our bit to ensure everyone is on board.