For the second straight year, the Browns will fail to be without Deshaun Watson for an entire season. Cleveland announced Wednesday that the quarterback will undergo season-ending surgery to repair adisplaced fracture in his right glenoid.
Watson suffered the injury to his throwing arm in the first of the Browns’ Week 10 win over the Baltimore Ravens. He remained in the game before telling Cleveland’s medical staff that he felt discomfort in his shoulder.
“I’m still in disbelief. I’m still trying to process all the information that I’ve been getting since last night. It’s tough,” Watson told reporters Wednesday. “I felt like we were turning a corner to really make a run and I believe that we still will with the guys in this locker room. I just wanted to be physically a part of it, on the field with those guys.”
The Browns traded for Watson in March 2022, sending a slew of draft picks to the Houston Texans. Despite having several sexual misconduct allegations against him, Cleveland opted to sign Watson to a five-year, fully guaranteed $230 million contract. It also included a $44.965 million signing bonus. He served an 11-game suspension last year and played in the final six games of the 2022 season. Watson completed 99 of his 170 passes with seven touchdowns and five interceptions.
Watson was limited to just six games this season, as well, due to an ongoing shoulder injury. Since signing the QB, Watson has only played in 12 games for the Browns.
Cleveland is now preparing for an important AFC North matchup against the 6-3 Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. It’s unclear who will start at quarterback, but general manager Andrew Berry told reporters the team would look to add a third QB in Watson’s absence.