Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson reacts after shoulder injury ends season
Deshaun Watson's season is over after sustaining a fracture in his throwing shoulder, leaving the Cleveland Browns without a franchise quarterback.
Deshaun Watson's season has come to an abrupt halt yet again, leaving the Cleveland Browns without a franchise quarterback. The injury to his throwing shoulder, sustained during a game, will see him miss the remainder of the season. The injury occurred during what was his best performance since joining the team following a controversial trade in 2022. Watson expressed disbelief at the situation and is set to undergo surgery to repair the fracture in his right shoulder.
The Browns, with a record of 6-3, will now have to move forward without Watson. Rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson has been named as the starter for the upcoming game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This will be Thompson-Robinson's second start, following an emergency start earlier in the season. Despite a rough pro debut, the Browns are confident that he will fare better with a full week of preparation.
The coach's other option was P.J. Walker, who had started two games and came off the bench in another for Watson. However, Walker's performance was not up to par, leading to the decision to start Thompson-Robinson.
Watson's injury came as a surprise to him as he was not aware of the severity of the injury during the game. He displayed incredible physical toughness by playing through the injury, leading the Browns to a last-second win. Despite his efforts to continue playing, doctors advised that surgery was the only option.
The fracture is not related to the strained rotator cuff that Watson sustained earlier in the season. The Browns are devastated by the news, especially given all that Watson has battled and gone through medically this season. The team sees it as both a challenge and an opportunity for the organization.
This injury is the latest setback for the Browns, who have already lost star players to season-ending injuries. Despite these challenges, the team remains in the playoff hunt. The Browns will now have to add a third quarterback to their roster to compensate for Watson's absence.
Watson's arrival had been seen as the end of the Browns' long search for an elite quarterback. However, his injury will now see him sidelined for the rest of the season. It's a devastating blow for the team, who invested heavily in the 28-year-old quarterback. The Browns will now have to work on a plan for the future, while Watson focuses on his recovery and rehabilitation.