Derrick Deshaun Watson is an American football quarterback presently affiliated with the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League. Upon joining the Browns, Watson inked a significant five-year contract worth $230 million, ranking among the most substantial deals in NFL history.
However, there is some recent news from the Cleveland Browns camp: our star quarterback, Deshaun Watson, is set to undergo season-ending surgery on his throwing shoulder. The announcement came in on a Wednesday (November 15), adding a twist to the season for all of us Browns enthusiasts.
Watson is slated for injured reserve, with plans for his return at the beginning of the 2024 season. He expressed optimism about resuming throwing activities within the next two to three months. Delving further into the situation, let’s examine the remarks made by the quarterback as he announced his absence for the remainder of the season.
Deshaun Watson’s Statement Following His Absence For The Rest Of 2023
Deshaun Watson faced a poignant moment. It took him a reflective 15 seconds to gather the right words, capturing the depth of his emotions as he grappled with the realization that he would be sidelined for the remainder of yet another season.
Watson expressed, “It’s very tough, hurt about it. I’m still in disbelief. I’m still trying to process all the information.” Watson said, “I felt like we were turning a corner to really make a run and still believe we still will with the guys in this locker room. I just wanted to physically be a part of it. … It’s tough to try to wrap everything around my head right now.”
Cleveland Browns Issued A Statement Regarding QB Deshaun Watson
Cleveland Browns said in a statement, “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.”
Deshaun Watson’s Journey With Cleveland Browns
In March 2022, Deshaun Watson was traded from the Houston Texans to the Cleveland Browns in a groundbreaking deal, securing a record-breaking $230 million contract. His 2022 season began with a six-game suspension due to sexual harassment allegations, ultimately reduced to 11 games after an NFL settlement.
Watson’s return saw mixed performance, culminating in a 3–3 record for the Browns, finishing the season with his lowest-ever passer rating. In 2023, a shoulder injury in week 10 led to season-ending surgery, concluding with seven touchdowns, four interceptions, and 1,115 passing yards in six starts.
Let’s send some positive vibes and wishes for a speedy recovery to Deshaun as we navigate this unexpected turn in the season.