Deshaun Watson was spotted in his suite with girlfriend Jilly Anais during Sunday's 36-19 loss to the Rams at SoFi Stadium.
It's no surprise that the quarterback, who is recovering from surgery on his fractured right throwing shoulder on Nov. 21, wasn't on the sideline, but Watson has been criticized for not being on the sideline with his Cleveland teammates. There is.
Watson's absence was further highlighted by injured Bengals star Joe Burrow patrolling the sideline in the game against the Jaguars.
That's not to say Watson didn't try.
Browns spokesperson He told Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot. The team decided it was too dangerous for him to play during this critical period of recovery.
Cabot said Watson, 28, had hoped to play through the season despite the injury, but multiple doctors told him that was not possible.
Instead, the Browns started Joe Flacco (who last played with the Jets in 2022) as their fourth quarterback this season against the Rams.
It's unclear who will start for the Browns against the Jaguars on Sunday as rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson continues to recover from a concussion.
Thompson-Robinson and P.J. Walker both credited Watson with coaching them from the sideline during their three-week recovery from a torn rotator cuff and before surgery for a fractured glenoid.
“Deshaun was in my area the whole second half,” Thompson-Robinson said after a 13-10 win over the Steelers on Nov. 19. Know, “Hey, I've been here before, and you're going to have another shot.” And I certainly did. And we were able to put it to good use. ”
Cleveland has since dropped both games, going 7-5 and moving into second place in the AFC North and in the playoffs.
Watson, who is on a $230 million guaranteed contract with the Browns, won't be back in pads if they make the postseason, but he could become a sideline presence if the team allows him.
Otherwise, he is expected to stay healthy through the 2024 season.