BEREA, Ohio (WKBN) – Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is returning to the practice field on Thursday.
Offensive Coordinator Alex Van Pelt made the announcement when he spoke with reporters.
“As soon as he feels well enough to be able to make all the throws on the field, that’s probably when he’ll be ready to go,” Van Pelt said of Watson. “I’m not sure when that’ll be, but it’s part of the process. Yeah, I’d hate to ask anybody to go out there limited, especially when you’re a quarterback and that’s your living is throwing the ball, so he’s got to feel good about it. We have to also have to feel good about it, but I think we’re seeing him get better every day.”
Watson has not had a full practice with the Browns since Sept. 22. He is working his way back from a strained rotator cuff that he suffered in a win over Tennessee in week three. He told the media on Wednesday that he suffered a micro tear of the rotator cuff muscle.
Watson, whose official playing status remains unclear, has missed the last two games against Baltimore and San Francisco.
“I think he’s really taking a day at a time, not looking too far ahead and just trying to get better and through his rehab process each day,” Van Pelt said of Watson. “He’s been great in the room, very positive last week with P.J. as a starter. So, he’s doing all the right things, but I know it’s tough for him. He wants to be out there worse than anybody.”
If he is unable to play on Sunday, backup P.J. Walker will get the start at quarterback.
The Browns (3-2) visit the Indianapolis Colts (3-3) on Sunday at 1 p.m. on WKBN-27.