HOUSTON -- For the first time in six practices at Texans training camp, Deshaun Watson was absent and did not participate.
A report earlier Tuesday from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport indicated Watson was dealing with a "lingering minor injury." While he was seen at the trainer's table Monday, Watson participated in individual drills and had minimal participation in team drills leading up to Tuesday.
When head coach David Culley was asked about Watson's absence, he gave similar answers to questions anticipating the possibility.
"We're day-to-day with it," Culley said. "The only thing that's changed from the standpoint of that is we're making decisions every day based on what's best for our football team and I'm going to leave it at that."
Culley was later asked if it might send mixed signals to have Watson practicing the first five days, then holding him out the first day of padded practices.
"Nothing new on Deshaun," he said.
Meanwhile, Watson's trade request still stands, and it has never been clearer than his lack of participation at practice.
Houston police and the NFL are also investigating sexual assault claims against Watson, stemming from 22 lawsuits filed alleging inappropriate conduct during massage therapy sessions.
The question for Houston now is whether Watson ever returns the field for the Texans, who continue to classify the situation as "day-to-day."
Morning show co-host Sean Pendergast explains why, as strange as it's been with a disengaged Watson on the practice field, it was even stranger without him.