Deshaun Watson is coming off his best performance of the season, but he is now dealing with a shoulder injury that has him listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Watson hurt his shoulder during a run in the Browns’ Week 3 win over the Tennessee Titans. He has been a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but the Browns seem confident that he will be able to play against the Ravens.
“We’ll see how he feels when we get out there,” Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said Thursday.
If Deshaun Watson is unable to play, the Browns would turn to backup quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson. Thompson-Robinson has only thrown one pass in his NFL career, but he has been impressive in practice.
“He’s done a great job,” Van Pelt said of Thompson-Robinson. “He’s a hard worker, he’s smart, he’s got a good arm. He’s ready to go if he needs to.”
The Browns need Watson to play against the Ravens. The Ravens are the defending AFC North champions and they are off to a 3-0 start. The Browns are 1-2 and they need a win to keep pace in the division.
Watson is a dynamic quarterback who can make plays with his arm and his legs. He is also a leader and he has the ability to elevate his teammates.
The Browns will need Watson to be at his best against the Ravens. If he is able to play, the Browns have a chance to win.