Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Deshaun Watson is out for the rest of the 2024 season due to a shoulder injury.
On Tuesday, Watson had surgery to repair a displaced fracture to the glenoid in his right shoulder. The team said in a statement that the procedure was “successful.”
“The rehab process is scheduled to begin on Friday, and a full recovery is expected prior to the start of the 2024 season,” the Browns said.
Watson, who missed three games with a different shoulder injury earlier in the season, suffered the season-ending fracture in Week 10 against the Baltimore Ravens.
While Watson’s performance this season was disappointing–1,115 passing yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions in six starts–the Browns are having a stellar campaign.
After beating the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Cleveland now sits at 7-3 and in second place in the AFC North behind the 8-3 Baltimore Ravens.
Rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson started in Watson’s place against Pittsburgh. The Browns also have P.J. Walker as their backup with the recently-signed Joe Flacco now on the practice squad.
SO SAD: Cleveland Cavaliers key player will be ruled out due to horrible injury
Heat guard’s bad luck leads to season-ending injury
Miami Heat guard Dru Smith suffered some absolutely rotten luck during Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Smith was injured in the second quarter of the contest while attempting to close out on a Max Strus corner three-point attempt. The momentum from Smith’s jump carried him into the Cleveland bench area and he slipped on what appeared to be a whiteboard or a piece of paper with statistics on it that a Cavs assistant had left underneath his chair. The slip carried Smith’s leg into a portion of flooring below the raised court and his right knee twisted awkwardly as a result.
Smith suffered a third-degree ACL sprain on the play and is now gone for the season, according to the Heat.
That’s terrible news for Smith, a 25-year-old undrafted athlete working his way up the Miami ladder. Despite only averaging 4.3 points and 1.6 assists per game this season, Smith has seen greater opportunities as a result of Tyler Herro’s ankle injury.
You can’t really blame the Cavs assistant because the whiteboard or paper Smith slipped on was well out of bounds and tucked beneath a chair. Though slipping injuries occur in the NBA, Smith’s mistake had to be the worst one yet (in terms of damage severity and pure bad luck).