The Browns announced Watson would miss the rest of the 2023 season with shoulder surgery Wednesday morning, but it was unclear who would step in to take on the mantle in Week 11. Multiple reports indicated Cleveland would tap Thompson-Robinson as the starter against the Pittsburgh Steelers and now that is confirmed by the team.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson will start on Sunday against the Steelers pic.twitter.com/t3CnHAkMVF
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 15, 2023
Thompson-Robinson last started in Week 4 after Watson’s initial shoulder injury. He reportedly found out the morning of the game. Thompson-Robinson completed just 52.78 percent of his passes for 121 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions. Practice squad call-up P.J. Walker replaced Thompson-Robinson the following week while Watson continued to recover.
Now, it appears as though the job is the rookie’s to lose. Thompson-Robinson hasn’t attempted a pass since Week 8 when he completed his only throw against the Seattle Seahawks for nine yards in the first play of the second half.