Former Clemson quarterback and current Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has had a brutal season with injuries, and that season ends with shoulder surgery that will keep Watson from returning this season. The Browns released this statement following the injury:
“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.”
Tough news for Watson and the Browns, Watson only played six games this season, passing for 1,115 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. The Browns signed him to a then-record deal in 2022 with $230 million fully guaranteed in his contract.