The Cleveland Browns announced earlier this week that starting quarterback Deshaun Watson will miss the rest of the season due to shoulder surgery. Following Thursday's matchup, the Cincinnati Bengals also revealed Joe Burrow will miss the remainder of the season.
Watson suffered his shoulder injury in Sunday's victory over the Baltimore Ravens, while Burrow also was injured facing the Ravens last Thursday.
Browns coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed that Dorian Thompson-Robinson will step in as the starting quarterback against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday for their Week 11 matchup.
The Bengals will rely on backup Jake Browning as they navigate the final stretch of the season, although they could still try to sign a veteran off the street to fill the quarterback room in Burrow's absence.
Watson, who felt discomfort in his right shoulder throughout the second half of Sunday's outing, underwent an MRI revealing a displaced fracture in the glenoid of his shoulder and a high-ankle sprain in his left ankle. He's expected back for the start of the 2024 season.
Meanwhile, Joe Burrow is set to miss the rest of the season due to a wrist injury and will also return ahead of the next campaign. Burrow's season has been marked by two injuries, actually, as he started the year nursing a strained calf, one impacting his outing against the Ravens in a loss back in Week 2.
He's now out for the season with a torn ligament in his wrist. The Bengals, at 5-5, will now have to navigate the remainder of the year without their starter and most probably missing on making the postseason after making the playoffs last year.
Browning, who is for now backed up by AJ McCarron in the Bengals depth chart, will lead the team in their remaining seven games barring an addition of a veteran QB during the next few days and weeks to the roster.
With these two down and Pittsburgh unscathed, one has to wonder if Kenny Pickett will be the next quarterback in the AFC North to fall to injury and get ruled out for the remainder of the season...