BEREA, OH — The Cleveland Browns suffered a setback to their 2023 postseason aspirations on Wednesday morning, November 15. According to an MRI done on Monday and a statement by the Browns on Wednesday, starting quarterback Deshaun Watson is done for the season.
Watson will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a broken bone in his shoulder that he suffered during the first half of the Browns’ win against Baltimore last Sunday.
“Deshaun underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Monday on two injuries sustained on different plays in the first half of Sunday’s 33-31 win over the Baltimore Ravens,” the Cleveland Browns said. “Imaging on his left ankle revealed a high-ankle sprain. In addition, postgame, Deshaun notified our medical staff of a new discomfort in his right shoulder.”
That discomfort in Watson’s right shoulder ended up being the culprit that will end his 2023 season. The Cleveland Browns announced their franchise quarterback will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a fracture in his throwing shoulder. An MRI performed Monday revealed Watson had a displaced fracture to the glenoid in his right shoulder. Team doctors determined Watson needed immediate surgery to avoid further structural damage.
This comes after Watson missed four games earlier this season for an unrelated shoulder issue. The Browns currently sport a 6-3 overall record and sit in second place in the AFC North. Cleveland will move forward with backup quarterback PJ Walker. Walker has thrown for 618 yards with one touchdown and five interceptions over five games this season. In comparison, Rookie quarterback Thompson-Robinson has 130 passing yards and three interceptions that he threw against the Ravens in Week 4.
The Browns host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, November 19, in Cleveland. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.