Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will miss the rest of the season after suffering a shoulder injury in the first half of last Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens, the team announced Wednesday.
An MRI revealed Watson has a displaced fracture to the glenoid of his throwing shoulder, which will require surgery.
Watson is expected to make a full recovery for the start of the 2024 campaign.
The signal-caller also sustained a left high ankle sprain against Baltimore. Despite his injuries, Watson was able to finish the Week 10 game, throwing for 213 yards and one touchdown against one interception.
Watson pushed to play through the injury with the aid of painkillers and sought multiple medical opinions, but doctors warned his shoulder could fall apart if he took another shot to the same spot, sources told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
The 28-year-old has been plagued by shoulder issues this season after hurting his throwing arm in Week 3. He missed three games because of the initial injury – a rotator cuff contusion – and played just 12 snaps in the Browns’ Week 7 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
P.J. Walker will presumably take over as Cleveland’s starter for the remainder of the year.
Watson has completed 61.4% of his passes for 1,115 yards and seven touchdowns against four interceptions in 2023.
The Browns signed Watson to a fully guaranteed five-year, $230-million contract following a trade from the Houston Texans.
With his season-ending shoulder injury and a suspension to start the 2022 campaign, Watson will have played in just 12 games in his first two years in Cleveland.
Cleveland’s offense has been ravaged by injuries this season, with Watson joining All-Pro running back Nick Chubb and right tackle Jack Conklin on the sidelines for the rest of the year.
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