Deshaun Watson will undergo season-ending surgery on a broken bone in his throwing shoulder, the Cleveland Browns announced Wednesday morning.
Fantasy Impact: Watson had an MRI on Monday on two separate injuries suffered during Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Imaging on his left ankle revealed a high-ankle sprain, and imaging on his right shoulder revealed a fracture. He’ll have surgery to repair the shoulder injury and be placed on season-ending injured reserve. The Browns are 6-3 and firmly in the playoff hunt, and their backup quarterbacks are P.J. Walker and Dorian Thompson-Robinson. Thompson-Robinson played earlier this season after flashing his potential during the preseason, but he threw three interceptions against the Ravens in Week 4. Walker has played more recently when Watson has missed time, but he too has just one touchdown pass against five interceptions through parts of five games. The Browns traded QB Josh Dobbs to the Cardinals before the start of the season, and Dobbs has subsequently been traded to the Vikings, where he is playing well. The NFL trade deadline has already passed, so the Browns will have to rely on either Walker or Thompson-Robinson or look to free agency or the waiver wire for a replacement. Carson Wentz recently signed with the Los Angeles Rams.