Smith is taking a leave, effective immediately, to help his wife during her battle with breast cancer.
Houston Texans GM Rick Smith is taking an extended leave of absence from the team, according to a report.
With Smith stepping away, the need for Texans owner Bob McNair to choose between firing one or the other is mitigated. This was an extremely hard decision for me to make as I love this organization and every member of this team both on and off the field.
ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that Tiffany Smith has been undergoing treatments in Arizona; Rick Smith has been traveling back and forth to care for her.
Watson was putting up some kind of video game numbers in a system O'Brien designed for him prior to his ACL injury, and with the loss of Watson came the loss of the Texans' season.
Smith has been Houston's general manager since 2006 following a stint as director of pro personnel with the Denver Broncos.
O'Brien has one season remaining on a five-year deal he signed when he became the Texans' coach in 2014.
For a couple of years now, it seems like the Houston Texans have been sitting on the fence in making the decision of whether or not to fire head coach Bill O'Brien.
After Sunday's loss to the Colts, O'Brien called his first losing season as an National Football League coach "absolutely brutal". However, it is unlikely that Houston will allow him to coach next season without signing him to a contract extension.