Deshaun Watson, QB (CLE)

Officially placed on IR

The Browns placed Watson (shoulder) on injured reserve Wednesday.

The move is merely procedural after the Browns announced earlier Wednesday that Watson -- who also suffered a left high-ankle sprain in this past Sunday's win over the Ravens -- was slated for season-ending surgery to address a displaced fracture in his right throwing shoulder. He'll thus end his second campaign in Cleveland having completed 105 of 171 passes (61 percent) for 1,115 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions and rushing 26 times for 142 yards and another score in six appearances. There's an expectation that Watson will be healthy by the start of the 2024 season, but in the meantime, the Browns will entrust the offense in rookie fifth-round pick Dorian Thompson-Robinson on Sunday against the Steelers, with veteran PJ Walker serving as his backup.

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Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco


Sunday starter TBD

As Sunday's game against the Jaguars approaches, the Browns have thus far elected not to name a starting QB for the contest between Flacco or Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Jake Trotter of ESPN reports.

Clears protocol, may not start Week 14

Thompson-Robinson has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol, but head coach Kevin Stefanski said Friday that he's not yet to ready to name a starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Amari Cooper

Amari Cooper


Back at practice

Cooper (concussion/ribs) was present for practice Friday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt


Logs limited practice

Hunt (groin) returned to a limited practice Thursday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.