Deshaun Watson’s Injury Watch: How It Affects Browns’ Season


Oct 23, 2023

The NFL has been buzzing about the health status of Cleveland Browns‘ starting quarterback, Deshaun Watson, after sitting out two games due to an injury to his right throwing shoulder and missing initial practices even post-bye.

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During yesterday’s game, the pendulum of concerns shifted when Watson, making a scramble outside the pocket, took a hit and snapped his head back onto the turf. It raised immediate questions: Was Watson being evaluated for a concussion?

The answer came swiftly. Watson did enter the medical tent twice. The first time was primarily due to his already worrisome shoulder, while the second was for a potential head injury. However, any concussion fears were laid to rest post-game. Watson wouldn’t have been allowed on the sidelines if he was under concussion protocol or had a suspected head injury.

It’s evident then that the more significant concern remains the shoulder. Additionally, the decisions made during the game turned a few heads. Browns’ head coach, Kevin Stefanski, confirmed that had backup QB PJ Walker sustained an injury, Watson would have been put back into the fray. This decision came despite Watson’s lackluster start to the game, which saw him complete just one of his five passes and throw an interception.

Many speculated whether the Browns would have held off on starting Watson until he had a whole week of practice, considering the events leading up to Week 4. The aggravation to his shoulder is evident, and while it might not be at 100%, Stefanski has affirmed that Watson remains the team’s starting QB, provided he’s fit.

As we progress into the season, all eyes will be on Cleveland and how they manage their star quarterback. The balance between seeking wins and ensuring the long-term health of a franchise player is delicate.

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