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Browns QB Deshaun Watson ruled OUT vs. 49ers in Week 6

Browns QB dealing with rotator cuff contusion and won’t play. We go over who will start and the fantasy football impact.

Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns looks on prior to a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 01, 2023 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images

Update, Oct 13 — Watson has been ruled OUT ahead of Sunday’s game against the 49ers. PJ Walker is expected to start.

Update, Oct. 12 — CBS Sports Josina Anderson has reported that Deshaun Watson will miss Sunday’s game against the 49ers. This lines up with the quarterback not practicing on Wednesday or Thursday.

Update, Oct. 12 — Watson is not practicing once again on Thursday. It’s looking likely that we’ll see P.J. Walker against the 49ers this week.

Update, Oct. 11 — Watson will not practice on Wednesday due to his rotator cuff contusion. He is still considered day-to-day and has time to get back to practice this week before Sunday’s game against the 49ers.

Update, Oct 10 — Watson has been diagnosed with a rotator cuff contusion. He is considered day-to-day ahead of Week 6’s divisional matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Update, Oct. 9 — Head coach Kevin Stefanski didnt sound optimistic about Watson’s status, but didn’t say much other than he is day-to day.

The Cleveland Browns are coming off their Week 5 bye, which followed a bad 24-3 loss to division rival Baltimore. The Browns were without starting quarterback Deshaun Watson in that loss, and backup Dorian Thompson-Robinson was ineffective.

Watson was dealing with a shoulder injury, but was reportedly cleared to play if he could, but he couldn’t and decided to take the bye week to get back to 100% Unfortunately, it appears he is not 100% coming out of the bye, as he was not practicing. Watson was working inside, but who knows exactly what that means.

Fantasy football implications for Week 6

There is still a good chance that Watson can get back to practicing this week and get ready for a tough matchup with the 49ers, but if not, we would likely see Thompson-Robinson again. The 49ers would be an extremely tough matchup for the rookie and would likely mean we downgrade their fantasy players even more than usual.