Is Browns QB Deshaun Watson going to start vs Colts in highly anticipated NFL Week 7 match-up?

The Cleveland Browns, with quarterback Deshaun Watson at the helm, currently hold the third position in the AFC North. They stand at 3-2 as they approach Week 6 and are set to face the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, October 22, at 1:00 PM ET. In their last five head-to-head matchups, the Browns have fallen to the Colts four times, making the upcoming game a crucial opportunity to regain their reputation.

The team’s primary strength lies in their unyielding defense, which relentlessly challenges the opposition’s offense. However, to secure a victory, Cleveland’s offense must step up and deliver a strong performance. Recent injury updates on Watson suggest that the team is on track to achieve their goal in Week 7.

Is Browns QB Deshaun Watson going to start vs Colts?

Watson missed the Browns’ last two games due to a bruised rotator cuff he sustained against the Tennessee Titans. During those weeks, the quarterback was inactive. However, for the upcoming game against the Colts, the team has listed him as ‘questionable.’

When discussing the return of the three-time Pro Bowler against the Colts, the franchise’s head coach, Kevin Stefanski, stated that he looked good that day. The team will wait two more days before making a decision about his potential return to play in week 7.

“I want to see how he responds over the next 48 hours, based on that full workload that he just got, but he looked good today.”

 Deshaun Watson

The update comes two days after Watson himself admitted that he couldn’t put a timeline on his return while speaking to the media for the first time since September 27, via CBS Sports.

Though the Browns’ general manager Andrew Berry earlier confidently remarked that the dual-threat would return after the team’s bye week, he couldn’t head to the field in Cleveland’s recent against the San Francisco 49ers. He even missed the contest against the Baltimore Ravens.

Deshaun Watson returns to practice before Colts’ game

While rehabbing from the injury, Watson revealed that throwing balls and even moving his shoulder had become significantly difficult for him. The QB showcased a promise to return to the field soon as he took the majority of the first-team reps on Friday, having missed Wednesday’s practice session. He even displayed increased throwing velocity compared to the past few days.

Deshaun Watson
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The signal-caller took extra precautions during his recovery from a career-first injury, staying off the field to avoid potential setbacks. His full-time participation in practice now signals an early recovery.

If Watson fails to return to play, PJ Walker will once again handle the quarterbacking duties. In week 6, he completed 18 of 34 passes and threw two interceptions while filling in for the Browns’ QB1. Walker boasts a 5-3 record in his career as a starter.

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