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The Cleveland Browns will be without starting quarterback Deshaun Watson on Sunday as they face the undefeated 49ers.
According to a report from Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns officially ruled Watson out on Friday morning due to a shoulder injury.
P.J. Walker, who has been promoted from the practice squad, will start as quarterback for the Browns in place of the injured Watson, beating out rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson for the position.
CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson first reported on Thursday that Watson wouldn’t suit up for the Week 6 game.
If Watson was unable to play, it was previously reported that Walker would start under center for the Browns.
Watson sustained the shoulder injury in the Browns’ Week 3 win over the Tennessee Titans. In Week 4, Thompson-Robinson made his first career start in place of Watson but struggled, throwing three interceptions in a 28-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Instead of turning to Thompson-Robinson again, the Browns have decided to give Walker, a former XFL star with three seasons under his belt with the Carolina Panthers, the opportunity to start. This will be Walker’s eighth career start and his first in a Browns uniform.
Walker has faced the 49ers once before during his NFL career. He entered the game in the fourth quarter of the 49ers’ 37-15 win over the Panthers last season, replacing Baker Mayfield, and completed 5 of 6 passes for 60 yards in garbage time.
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