Browns Make Final Call on Deshaun Watson’s Status vs. Colts

Browns make final choice on Deshaun Watson’s status vs. Colts

. The Cleveland Browns have made their final decision on who will start at quarterback against the Indianapolis Colts this weekend.
Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reported on Saturday, October 21 that Deshaun Watson will start “barring an unforeseen setback.”
Deshaun Watson won’t be limited against the #Colts – he will, barring any unforeseen setbacks, start to break out of the tight rotation; Kareem Hunt is doubtful with a hamstring injury:
» When Deshaun Watson faces the Colts on Sunday — and he will, barring an unforeseen defeat — the Browns won’t pose any challenges. any restrictions on him despite the strain in the right rotation,” Cabot wrote.
Watson was injured in the Week 3 win over the Tennessee Titans. He missed the next game against the Baltimore Ravens, used the bye week to recover, and sat out again last week against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Browns have managed to hold on in his absence, going 1-1 in that stretch. However, former third baseman P.J. Walker had difficulty against the Niners’ strong defense. Walker completed just 18 of 34 passes for 192 yards and two interceptions.
On one hand, Cleveland needs more offense if it hopes to keep winning despite a tough schedule that includes three road games in the next four weeks against teams with a combined record of 10-7.
On the other hand, if Watson returns too soon and is injured again, the Browns will likely be desperate for offensive answers for the remainder of the season.
Cabot said the QB will wear protective gear, adding that he does not believe returning at this time will lead to additional injuries.
“Watson, who will likely wear the same type of harness he did in practice on Friday, is confident his shoulder will hold up and he is not at risk of further injury,” Cabot write. “When he returned to training on Thursday, he believed the time was right and he did not overtrain. … Although his rotator cuff has some microscopic tears, the Browns are confident that Watson will be able to open it up on Sunday without aggravating them.
Members of the media observed Watson making 30-yard throws during practice over the weekend, Cabot continued. His work on the field added credibility to the idea that the QB could run a no-holds-barred offense against the Colts on Sunday.
Head coach Kevin Stefanski told reporters Friday that the coaching staff won’t be shy about unleashing the power from Watson’s legs, even though rushing the ball could lead to contact at higher speeds.
“His mobility is a big part of his game and always will be,” Stefanski said. “But look around the league, you’re going to have to play with your feet.”
The Browns are 3.5-point favorites to defeat the Colts (3-3) in Indianapolis on Sunday, according to lines provided by Draft Kings Sportsbook.
Max Dible covers the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns and Golden State Warriors for Heavy.com. He covered local and national news as a reporter for West Hawaii Today and served as news director for BigIslandNow.com and Pacific Media Group’s Big Island radio group before joining Heavy.

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