Deshaun Watson expressed his disbelief and shock during his media session, stating, “I’m still in disbelief. I’m still trying to process all the information that I’ve been getting since last night. It’s tough. I felt like we were turning a corner to really make a run and I believe that we still will with the guys in this locker room. I just wanted to be physically a part of it, on the field with those guys.”
Watson shared that his surgery is scheduled for next week, and the team anticipates him to be ready for the start of the 2024 season.
Expressing confidence in the upcoming surgery, Watson said, “(I’m) very confident in the doctors that’s going to be doing the surgery. Very confident in my rehab and my mindset and my determination to get back strong.”
The injury comes as a major setback for the 6-3 Browns, who are currently in the No. 6 spot in the AFC. Watson’s exceptional performance in the recent game against Baltimore was particularly noteworthy, as he played through very good Ravens defense while injured, showcasing his impressive skills.
His performance suggested a potential turning point in Kevin Stefanski’s scheme after a previous shoulder injury and ineffective QB play hindered the Browns’ offense from finding a groove.
Unfortunately, Watson’s season has been cut short after Week 10.
Browns general manager Andrew Berry expressed dismay over Watson’s season-ending injury, stating, “We are very disappointed and devastated for Deshaun, especially given all that he has battled and gone through medically this season, especially in light of how well he’s played since his most recent injury.”
Watson’s rocky start in Cleveland sees him having started just six games, much like last season. Injuries left him sidelined for a considerable period, impacting his ability to make a substantial contribution to the team.
Despite the setbacks, Berry remains confident in Watson’s abilities and leadership, expressing excitement about his return for the 2024 season and emphasizing that the new injury is not related to his previous shoulder ailments.