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Deshaun Watson responds to ‘bulls—‘ narrative about him

Browns QB Deshaun Watson on the practice field

Jun 14, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) runs a play during minicamp at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun Watson has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks due to a shoulder injury, but the Cleveland Browns quarterback seems tired of having his toughness questioned.

Watson injured his throwing shoulder in Week 3. He returned to the starting lineup last weekend against the Indianapolis Colts, but Watson aggravated the injury early on and left the game. He was also checked for a concussion, though he cleared protocol.

On Thursday, Watson admitted to reporters that he should not have played in the Colts game. He said his arm “wasn’t right.”

“I just didn’t have the strength, and things like that, to go out there and play a complete game,” Watson said. “I thought I was ready. I wasn’t ready.”

Some have said Watson is not motivated to play because he has a fully guaranteed $230 million contract. Former Browns quarterback Brady Quinn made some harsh comments about Watson this week and compared Watson to a kid with a trust fund.

Watson seemed to respond to that on Thursday.

“Why wouldn’t I want to play? I just worked my a– off for two years to get back to play,” Watson said. “If it doesn’t come from me, all that other stuff is bulls—.”

Watson also said surgery has not been suggested as an option for his injury, but keep in mind he recently made a troubling admission about it.

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski told reporters this week that the team’s priority is protecting their franchise quarterback. For now, PJ Walker will remain Cleveland’s starter.

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