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Browns QB Deshaun Watson Dealing With Nagging Shoulder Injury



Steelers Browns QB Deshaun Watson
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 18, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is dealing with a nagging shoulder injury that has forced him to miss one game, and while he was expected to play out of the bye week potentially, he appears on track to miss yet another game. According to multiple reports, the injury is a rotator cuff contusion, with a timetable of 2-6 weeks to heal once it occurs. Watson has not practiced this week, and if he can not play, it would be P.J. Walker getting elevated off the practice squad and playing.

The Baltimore Ravens shellacked the Browns with rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson under center. They were held to just 3 points and 166 yards of offense in that game. Thompson-Robinson struggled immensely, completing 19 of 36 passes (52.8%) for 121 yards with no touchdowns, three interceptions, and a quarterback rating 25.3.

So, they will instead go with a more experienced backup in Walker, who spent time in Carolina playing and starting multiple games. The Browns sit at 2-3 with plenty of ground they must make up in the AFC North. They sit behind the Steelers and Ravens, but the injury to Deshaun Watson will not help their cause.

This week, they welcome the San Francisco 49ers. That is as hard of a game as they could have drawn with Watson out, and even if he does play, it will be a tough win for the group. If he feels better by Sunday, there is a possibility that Watson will play, but if not, the Browns could continue to fall in the AFC North rankings with Watson’s injury looming.