The Cleveland Browns got the worst possible news this morning.
Following his second-half heroics vs. the Baltimore Ravens, Deshaun Watson will now miss the remainder of the season with an injured shoulder.
That leaves a QB room consisting of XFL veteran P.J. Walker and rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson, which is obviously far from ideal.
Notably, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com just revealed that the Browns are ready to roll with their rookie in Sunday’s divisional clash vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Hearing the #Browns will start Dorian Thompson-Robinson vs. #Steelers. I asked him before #Seahawks game how it'd be different: "Night and day. It'll be a clear difference. I finally got my feet wet. I know what to do. I know what to study when I go out there."
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) November 15, 2023
She asked him about the difference between making another start after his subpar performance in his debut, and he confidently responded that he already got his feet wet, so he knows what to study when he gets out there on the field.
The Browns were quite high on Thompson-Robinson after watching him in the preseason, up to the point where they felt comfortable trading backup Josh Dobbs away shortly before the start of the campaign.
He wasn’t at his best in his lone start this season, but he wasn’t put in a good position after Watson announced shortly before the game that he wasn’t going to play.
Of course, going against one of the toughest, most physical defenses in the league will be a big challenge.
Then again, he was one of the most experienced young players entering the league after having an extra year of college eligibility.
Also, if Kevin Stefanski and his staff trust him after giving him half a season to get ready, then he might give them a better chance to win than the erratic Walker.NEXT: ESPN Updates Browns' Chances To Make The Playoffs