As the Cleveland Browns faced off against the Indianapolis Colts during Week 7's highly anticipated game, a cloud of uncertainty descended when star quarterback Deshaun Watson had to abruptly exit due to a shoulder injury.
Watson's premature departure from the game has left fans and fantasy football enthusiasts on the edge of their seats, wondering about his availability for the Browns’ Week 8 showdown on the road against the Seattle Seahawks.
Watson, who recently made a comeback to the lineup after missing three games due to a rotator cuff injury, had his return cut short. He managed a mere one-for-five for five yards, along with an interception, before his injury struck, leaving a wave of speculation regarding his condition.
Browns head coach Kyle Stefanski expressed unwavering support for Watson, stating, "He's our starter moving forward. He's our starter in Seattle,” but emphasized the importance of player safety.
Watson's Status Uncertain
Currently, Watson’s status is day-to-day as the team awaits the results of an MRI on his shoulder.
The latest updates confirm that Watson is set to miss the upcoming game against the Seahawks, with PJ Walker stepping up as the starter. The incident that led to Watson’s injury occurred just over three minutes into the first quarter.
After throwing a pass, Watson was hit and landed awkwardly, requiring assistance to leave the field. Despite clearing concussion protocol, the shoulder injury prevented his return to the game. Stefanski, addressing the media on Monday, highlighted the need to protect players, especially quarterbacks.
He explained his decision to keep Watson off the field, stating it was too risky for him to return, even though he could have played if necessary. As of now, the Browns have not ruled out Watson for their Week 8 game against the Seahawks.
Stefanski and the team remain hopeful for his quick recovery and return to the starting lineup. Watson has been a vital asset for the Browns this season, completing 66 of 107 passes for 683 yards, and achieving four touchdowns and three interceptions in just four games.
His potential absence in the next game is indeed a significant blow for the team and fantasy football leagues alike, as all eyes remain fixed on his recovery and return to the field.