Deshaun Watson out for the season.
I just noticed a report that Deshaun Watson is out for the season after suffering an ankle injury and further aggravated his right(throwing) shoulder in the game against the Ravens. Bad news for the Cleveland Browns after showed a lot of promise at the start of the season. Coupled with the injury to Nick Chubb this might spell the end of any run to make the playoffs.
My thinking, and I've been pretty up-front about it to anyone who'd listen, has been that this is what should have been done when Watson was initially injured. He hasn't looked very good ever since although he has improved. Rotator cuff injury are quite serious and I thought he should have been shut down, rehabbed and had surgery if it was necessary. Instead, the Browns embarked on a poorly orchestrated PR campaign led by Head Coach Kevin Stefanski. Now things have culminated in this.
It should end all the BS perpetrated about Watson, how he didn't want to play, how he wasn't tough enough and how his skill level had diminished. The guy has been hurt, playing hurt when he could.
I wish him a successful surgery and a speedy recovery. I think PJ Walker will be just fine and the team will have no chance but to pull together and raise their level of play. That starts this Sunday against a perennial thorn in their side, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The only good news is that the game's in Cleveland.
Man, this sucks.
Here’s the full statement from the Browns: “Deshaun Watson 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. 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 he felt after a hit in the first half. An MRI of his right shoulder revealed a displaced fracture to the glenoid. Despite performing at a high level and finishing the game, after consultation with Browns’ Head Physician, James Voos, MD, and industry-leading shoulder specialist, Neal ElAttrache, MD, it has been determined that this injury will require immediate surgical repair to avoid further structural damage. Deshaun will be placed on season-ending injured reserve and a full recovery is expected for the start of the 2024 season.”