Deshaun Watson Ruled Out for Browns vs. 49ers: What It Means for the Team

Deshaun Watson Ruled Out for Browns vs. 49ers: What It Means for the Team

Oct.14 : The Cleveland Browns have confirmed that quarterback Deshaun Watson will be absent for a second consecutive game due to a right shoulder injury. This means PJ Walker will step in as the starting quarterback in Sunday’s matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

Watson’s absence was also notable in Cleveland’s previous game against the Baltimore Ravens on October 1. Despite briefly throwing on the field during pregame warm-ups, the decision was made to keep him inactive for that game, with rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson taking his place.

Coach Kevin Stefanski had initially hoped Watson would be ready to return against the 49ers after the loss to the Ravens. However, Watson has been dealing with a bruised rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder since September 22, and he has not had a full practice since then. Despite coming off a bye week, Watson continued his rehabilitation and missed all practices this week.

Stefanski has emphasized that there is no structural damage to Watson’s shoulder, but the quarterback hasn’t been able to throw effectively, which is essential for his position. Stefanski noted, “A quarterback, when you have this type of injury, you have to make sure you’re able to drive the football, make all the throws.”

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The Browns signed PJ Walker to their practice squad in August, and he will now take the helm as the starting quarterback. Walker previously made seven starts over three seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

In addition to Watson’s absence, the Browns will also miss another key offensive player. All-Pro left guard Joel Bitonio has been ruled out due to a knee injury, ending his streak of 102 consecutive starts. Michael Dunn will take his place.

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Tight end David Njoku is listed as questionable for the game after suffering burn injuries to his face and arm on September 29 while attempting to light a fire pit. Njoku did play in the game against the Ravens two days later but only returned to practice on Friday as he continues to recover.

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