Will start Sunday
Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski said Watson will start Week 14 against the Bengals, despite the rust he showed in last week's win over the Texans, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. " Deshaun is our quarterback. We're focused on having a really good day of practice [Wednesday] and having a great day on Sunday," the coach said.
Watson completed 12 of 22 passes for 131 yards with no touchdowns, a 53.9 rating and an interception Week 13. The rust was evident after not playing a game since 2020. At 5-7, the Browns hope to keep their slim playoff chances alive -- currently at nine percent per Five-Thirty-Eight and three percent according to the New York Times' playoff indicator -- but Stefanski has no plans to use an in-sync Jacoby Brissett and will stick with Watson, whose passes last week were often low or off target. The quarterback looked sharp during Wednesday's practice, but those sessions are much different than game conditions.
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The Browns want to keep Chubb (knee) but might consider releasing him this offseason if the two sides can't agree on a new contract, according to Zac Jackson of The Athletic.
Watson (shoulder) is on track or slightly ahead in his rehab schedule and will begin throwing in March, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Garrett was named Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Flacco, an impending free agent, plans to continue his NFL career in 2024, Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press reports.
Hunt underwent sports hernia surgery Tuesday to repaire a ruptured adductor, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
GM Andrew Berry said Monday that the Browns intend to bring back Chubb (knee) for the 2024 season, despite his current health and contract situation, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.
Tillman (concussion) finished the 2023 season with 21 catches for 224 yards on 44 targets and added an eight-yard run.
Strong (back) finished the 2023 season with 63 carries for 291 yards and one touchdown while catching five of eight targets for 47 yards.
Coach Kevin Stefanski said Sunday that Watson (shoulder) is expected to return from November shoulder surgery by the spring, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports. "He's doing great in rehab," Stefanski said. "I'm confident he'll be ready to roll."
Walker was active but did not play in Saturday's 45-14 wild-card playoff loss to the Texans.