Browns QB Deshaun Watson returns to lineup, but leaves following injury in 1st quarter


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson made his first start in nearly a month Sunday at Indianapolis then left in the first quarter with what appeared to be a right arm injury.

Team officials announced he was evaluated for a concussion and cleared, but he did not return to the game as he avoided doing much with his throwing shoulder.

Watson was hit in the chest as he threw a third down pass against his body. He was hit by Colts defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo and driven hard into the ground as his head appeared to bounce hard off the turf.

Watson stayed down for several minutes before walking off the field and into the medical tent. He was replaced on the next series by P.J. Walker and then entered the tent a second time between quarters.

Walker led the Browns to a surprise victory over previously unbeaten San Francisco in Week 6.

Watson was 1 of 5 with 5 yards and one interception before leaving.

Watson was making just his fourth appearance of the season after missing two games and the bye week with a strained rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder. He hadn’t played since Sept. 24.

On Thursday, Watson returned to practice for the first time since Sept. 29, then was a full participant in Friday’s practice.



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