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Browns QB Deshaun Watson Faces Season-Ending Surgery, Leaving the Team at a Crossroads


Watson made a great comeback for the Browns and was leading them in an upwards trajectory. Photo: Cleveland Browns Instagram
Watson made a great comeback for the Browns and was leading them in an upwards trajectory. Photo: Cleveland Browns Instagram

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is about to embark on an unexpected journey to recovery as the team announced on Wednesday that he will undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder. The revelation came after an MRI exposed a displaced fracture to the glenoid, resulting from an injury suffered in the first quarter of Sunday's hard-fought victory against the Baltimore Ravens. This unfortunate turn of events compounds the challenges Watson has faced, having missed a significant portion of the previous season due to legal troubles.


Despite a triumphant return to the field, it seems adversity has struck again, posing a severe setback to both Watson and the Browns. In a statement released by the team, it was disclosed that Watson underwent an MRI on Monday, revealing the shoulder injury and a high-ankle sprain in his left ankle. The quarterback, who exhibited remarkable resilience by finishing the game despite the discomfort, consulted with Browns' Head Physician, James Voos, MD, and renowned shoulder specialist Neal ElAttrache, MD. The consensus among medical experts was clear: immediate surgical intervention is necessary to prevent further structural damage.


The decision to place Watson on season-ending injured reserve raises questions about the Browns' trajectory. After showing promise and an upward trend, the team now faces the daunting task of navigating the remainder of the season without their star quarterback.

Watson pens a note to Cleveland and the fans that he posted on his IG. Photo: Cleveland Browns Instagram
Watson pens a note to Cleveland and the fans that he posted on his IG. Photo: Cleveland Browns Instagram

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport provided insights into Watson's determination to play through the injuries. Seeking multiple medical opinions, Watson was resolute in his desire to persevere on the field. However, the stark reality emerged that a potential hit in the same vulnerable spot could lead to catastrophic consequences for his throwing shoulder. As the Browns pivot to adapt to this unforeseen circumstance, P.J. Walker, who has previously started two games for the team, steps into the spotlight as the starting QB for the rest of the 2023 season.


The young quarterback faces the challenge of filling Watson's shoes and maintaining the team's competitiveness. Once on an upward trajectory, the Browns now find themselves at a crossroads. Can they weather the storm and stay afloat without Watson at the helm? The team's resilience and ability to rally around their new starting QB will undoubtedly shape the narrative of the remainder of the season.


Watson was a clear leader on the team. Photo: Cleveland Browns
Watson was a clear leader on the team. Photo: Cleveland Browns

While the setback is palpable, the Browns must regroup and focus on the challenges ahead. With a full recovery expected for Watson at the start of the 2024 season, there is hope for a resurgence. Until then, the Browns and their fans must navigate the uncertainties and continue to support their team through this unexpected chapter in the season.









This is Dez Barnes of Pretty Girls Love Sports, a new writer on the MTMV Sports platform. I am a retired US Army veteran, professional cheerleader, dog mom, and avid sports lover. Feel free to follow my writings as I dive into the latest sports news! You can find me on all social media channels @PGLOVESPORTS.

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