Deshaun Watson eyeing return in game against Colts
All indications point to the Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson returning to the field of play against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Watson has been sidelined from the team for several weeks, nursing a shoulder injury. There has been plenty of speculation in that time on what exactly has been wrong with Watson’s shoulder. He was initially medically cleared to play against the Baltimore Ravens game in a Week 4 matchup but was a late scratch.
Since that time, Watson has mysteriously been missing from practice and the team had been very limited in what they were reporting to the public. However, Watson finally returned to practice this past Wednesday, and reports Saturday suggest that he’ll be back behind center.
Deshaun Watson won't be restricted vs. #Colts — he'll start barring an unforeseen setback — coming off the strained rotator cuff; Kareem Hunt iffy with thigh injury: #Browns Insider https://t.co/wFNuTlUx6l
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) October 21, 2023
We will likely not know the whole story, but getting Watson back can hopefully spark the Browns rather lackluster offense to this point in the season. Cleveland has relied on its defense to step up this season and they have delivered as they are ranked at the top in many NFL categories as the best defense in the league.
In last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, the defense played very well again only limiting the 49ers to a little over 200 yards of total offense. The Browns offense then did just enough to eek out the big win 19-17.
This game against the Colts could also be a close battle but maybe have a few more points scored. The Colts are averaging 23 points a game while the Browns are averaging just under 20 points a game. Cleveland is currently favored to win the game despite being the road team. That has a lot to do with that No. 1 ranked defense.
Having Watson back out there Sunday would also give the team a better shot at scoring more than just field goals. Through the three games he’s played so far this year he’s gone 65 for 102 for 678 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. He has also been sacked 12 times in that time. Those stats don’t exactly scream “outstanding” but having Watson out there usually gives his team the advantage because he’s a dual-threat quarterback. He has five rushing carries for 45 yards and a touchdown.
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