Browns QB Deshaun Watson ‘in disbelief’ over season-ending injury
The Cleveland Browns squeezed out a tough win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 10 to pull within reach of sitting atop the AFC North divisional standings.
However, it came at a significant cost as star quarterback Deshaun Watson will miss the rest of the season due to shoulder surgery to repair a fracture.
“I’m still in disbelief. I’m still trying to process all the information,” Watson said via ESPN. “I felt like we were turning a corner to really make a run and still believe we still will with the guys in this locker room. I just wanted to physically be a part of it. … It’s tough to try to wrap everything around my head right now.”
The injury occurred in the first half of Sunday’s win over the Ravens, but he played the remainder of the game. He has struggled to find his footing in his first full year with the Browns, recording 1,115 passing yards with seven touchdown passes, four interceptions, and held an 84.3 passer rating in six games.
However, he appeared to turn a corner in the second half of the comeback win over the Ravens, completing all 14 of his pass attempts capped off by leading the team down the field to set up the game-winning field goal.
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Watson’s injury will push rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson into the starter role. Thompson-Robinson played in place of Watson in the 28-3 loss to the Ravens in Week 4, where he completed 19-of-36 passes for 121 yards and threw three interceptions.