Deshaun Watson injury update: Browns QB to start Week 8 vs. Seahawks, deemed day-to-day, per Kevin Stefanski.
Deshaun Watson exited the Browns’ Week 7 win over the Colts after being hit by Indianapolis defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo. While he cleared a concussion test, Watson did not reenter the game as the Browns wanted to be cautious, CBS Sports sideline reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala said at the start of the second half.
Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said following Sunday’s 39-38 win that Watson will start next week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
“He’s our starter moving forward,” Stefanski said of Watson, via Cleveland.com. “He’s our starter in Seattle. It’s always going to be my decision to protect our players.” On Monday, Stefanski was asked if the Browns would consider placing Watson on injured reserve, but replied that the quarterback is day-to-day, via ProFootballTalk.
Despite clearing concussion protocol, Watson appeared to have lingering affects from the hit. He grabbed his right shoulder after being hit, had difficulty lifting his right arm and did not attempt a pass on the sideline.
On the play where he was injured, Watson stayed on the ground for several moments before leaving the field with assistance from the team’s medical staff. He then went into the team’s medical tent.
Watson had been questionable with a shoulder injury heading into the Week 7 game. He left the game with just over three minutes left in the first quarter with the Browns trailing the Colts, 14-7. Cleveland’s starting quarterback was just 1 of 5 for five yards with an interception up to that point.