Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson just cannot shake the injury bug this season. After dealing with a shoulder injury for multiple weeks, Watson was back in the lineup in Week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals. But, he didn’t last long before suffering another injury.
In Week 10 against the Baltimore Ravens, Watson was injured yet again. This time it was his ankle, as he sustained the injury in the first half of the game. Luckily for the Browns, he was able to play through it and remained in the game, leading the team to a huge 33-31 victory.
Watson ended up missing only one play, but his status for Week 11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers is now up in the air. Despite expressing confidence in being on the field next week for another AFC North rivalry game, the Browns are still gathering information on Watson’s injury.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the team is still figuring out the extent of the ankle injury. Watson was seen in a walking boot after the game against the Ravens, which can certainly be interpreted as a negative for his availability moving forward.
Returning to the field on Sunday afternoon was certainly an encouraging sign. The Browns seem to be doing their due diligence with the ankle injury after Watson was injured in his first attempt to come back from the shoulder ailment in Week 7.
Another update will assuredly be provided by the Browns on Wednesday when they return to practice. Hopefully, some clarity is provided as this situation is certainly a bizarre one. Watson is adamant that he will be taking the field against the Steelers, but Cleveland is covering all their bases before then.
Should Watson not be able to take the field in Week 11, the team will likely turn to P.J. Walker. Walker has not played well when called upon this season, throwing five interceptions and fumbling twice while completing only 49 percent of his passes.