Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson requires surgery to repair a shoulder fracture, ending his 2023 season. Doctors acting immediately avoids further damage for Watson, expected back for 2024.
Deshaun Watson missed four games earlier with a rotator cuff strain in the same shoulder. Despite injuries, he led Cleveland to a last-minute win over Baltimore last Sunday. However, MRIs after found the fracture occurred that day along with a high ankle sprain.
Backup quarterback PJ Walker now takes over the starting role. As the new starter, Walker will aim to keep Cleveland competitive in the crucial AFC North matchups as they seek a playoff berth.
The injury impacts Deshaun Watson’s team and fantasy football value. It also impacts betting markets, lowering Browns odds for division title and Super Bowl win. Cleveland remains favorites over Pittsburgh this weekend but by a smaller margin as the season-ending setback sidelines their star quarterback.