1 of 5 | Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) is sacked by Baltimore Ravens defensive deal with Justin Madubuike on Sunday at M&T Financial institution Stadium in Baltimore. Photograph by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo
The Browns mentioned Watson had an MRI on his left ankle and shoulder Monday after a win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in Baltimore.
“Clearly, we’re very disenchanted and devastated for Deshaun, particularly given all that he has battled and gone by way of medically this season and in gentle of how effectively he has performed since his most up-to-date damage,” Browns normal supervisor Andrew Berry instructed reporters at a information convention.
Imagining revealed a high-ankle sprain, an damage he sustained beforehand, and a displaced fracture in Watson’s glenoid, a joint inside his shoulder. The Browns mentioned Watson notified the medical workers about discomfort in his shoulder after he was hit within the first half of their Week 10 win.
Watson accomplished 20 of 34 passes for 213 yards, one rating and an interception within the victory. He began sluggish within the first half, however accomplished 14 of 14 move makes an attempt within the second to spark the comeback win.
“Regardless of acting at a excessive stage and ending the sport, after session with Browns’ head doctor James Voos, and industry-leading shoulder specialist, Neal ElAttrache, it has been decided that this damage would require rapid surgical restore to keep away from additional structural injury,” the Browns mentioned.
“Deshaun will probably be positioned on season-ending injured reserve and a full restoration is anticipated for the beginning of the 2024 season.”
Watson, who was suspended for 11 video games and fined $5 million in 2022 for violating the NFL’s private conduct coverage in relation to a massage therapist scandal, signed a completely assured $230 million contract with the Browns the identical yr.
He accomplished 59.8% of his passes for two,217 yards, 14 touchdowns and 9 interceptions by way of his first seasons with the Browns. He went 8-4 as a starter. Watson, who missed 11 video games in 2022, will now miss 22 regular-season contests over his temporary tenure with the AFC North franchise.
Browns second-string quarterback P.J. Walker is now set to imagine beginning duties in reduction of Watson. Walker accomplished 49% of his throws for 618 yards, one rating and 5 interceptions by way of 5 video games this season. Dorian Thompson-Robinson is the one different quarterback on the Browns roster.
Berry mentioned Wednesday that the Browns “have a ton of religion” in Walker and Thompson-Robinson. He additionally mentioned the group will signal one other quarterback within the close to future.
Watson is the newest key participant from the Browns offense to maintain a season-ending damage. Operating again Nick Chubb tore the ACL in his left knee in Week 2. He had surgical procedure Tuesday and is anticipated to return in the course of the 2024 season.
Sort out Jack Conklin sustained a season-ending ACL tear in Week 1. Fellow deal with Jedrick Wills additionally sustained a knee damage and stays on injured reserve.
The Browns (6-3) will host the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) at 1 p.m. EST Sunday in Cleveland. They sit in third place within the AFC North, behind the Ravens (7-3) and Steelers. The Browns have the No. 6 seed within the AFC playoff image.