Deshaun Watson’s decision came at a cost to stay in the game for the Cleveland Browns to come back against the Baltimore Ravens. The team announced Wednesday that the quarterback will be out for the rest of the season with a fracture in his throwing shoulder.
Deshaun Watson underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on Monday after two injuries suffered on separate plays in the first half of Sunday’s 33-31 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Imaging of his left ankle revealed a high ankle sprain. Additionally, after the game, Deshaun reported to our medical staff a new discomfort in his right shoulder that he felt after a hit in the first half. An MRI of his right shoulder revealed a displaced fracture of the glenoid.
After consulting with the Browns’ head physician, James Voos, MD, and the industry’s leading shoulder specialist, Neil ElAtrach, MD, it was determined that immediate surgery was needed to avoid this injury. Also structural damage. Deshaun will be placed on injured reserve for the season and a full recovery is expected by the start of the 2024 season.
Watson injured his left ankle in the first half of the team’s 33-31 victory and sat out the game. Watson was unstoppable in the second half — completing all 14 of his passes — and set up Cleveland for the game-winning field goal as time expired.
When Watson left M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, he did so with a boot. Head coach Kevin Stefanski revealed that Watson underwent an MRI to check the severity of the injury, but there was no update on the findings on Monday.
“He was already playing with a high ankle sprain,” Browns general manager Andrew Barry said Wednesday. “Deshaun needs to play at a very high level for two and a half quarters [shoulder] The injury… really was an incredible display of physical and mental toughness.”
Watson has already missed a month of games after suffering a rotator cuff tear in his right shoulder on Sept. 24 against the Tennessee Titans. The signal caller returned briefly on Oct. 22 against the Indianapolis Colts, but re-injured his shoulder and left. Competition.
This is another major injury the Browns will have to overcome. They remain in the playoff hunt despite losing Nick Chubb and offensive lineman Jack Conklin this season. They are 6-3, sixth in the AFC playoff picture, and must now continue without Watson.
“Obviously there’s a ton of confidence in that room,” Barry said. “[We’re] Always open to anything to help improve the team. We believe in carrying three QBs between the active and practice squad, so we’ll add one in the future.”