BEREA, Ohio (WKBN) – Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will not practice on Wednesday as he continues to rehab his right rotator cuff contusion.
Watson is listed as day-to-day. Head Coach Kevin Stefanski said that they will continue to see how the week progresses before there is a decision on Watson’s playing status.
Stefanski also announced that P.J. Walker is being elevated to the No. 2 quarterback spot. If Watson is unable to play, Walker will start at quarterback on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
“Just felt like it was the right decision for the team,” Stefanski said of naming Walker as QB2. “I think P.J.’s been here now for a month plus getting a better understanding of what we do. But just felt like it was the right decision for the team.”
Walker spent the 2023 preseason with the Chicago Bears.
He previously signed with the Panthers in 2020 and went on to appear in 15 games with seven starts. He completed 131-228 passes for 1,461 yards and five touchdowns.
As a starting quarterback, Walker has posted a record of 4-3.
“He’s won some games,” Stefanski said. “Obviously P.J.’s not 40, but he’s played in some games. He’s been around a little bit. He’s played in different systems. So, he’s getting comfortable with what we do here. He’s got a great demeanor, great way about him. He fits in well with the team. But really just if P.J. does end up playing, you’re just looking for him to be the best version of himself.”
The Browns and 49ers will kick off on Sunday at 4 p.m. on FOX Youngstown.