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Browns QB Deshaun Watson’s rehab going as expected

Should be ready for next season’s training camp

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Just as the season was going well for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, his season came to a screeching halt with issues with his right shoulder. The result was surgery, and then a new home on IR.

Watson is involved with rehab presently, and all the signs seem to be that his recovery is going well at a Los Angeles rehab facility.

Watson was back in Cleveland on Christmas Eve Eve as the host of a Christmas event for children held inside the Cleveland Marriott Downtown. Around 300 kids worked through events and numerous organizations were invited to celebrate the holidays with festive activities, stations, and food tastings. According to the event organizers, Deshaun Watson Foundation, this was the first annual holiday event called “Christmas Around the World.”

The entire convention space was transformed into a winter wonderland-themed venue with food and traditions from Italy, Greece, China, and Jamaica, to name a few.

Various children were selected from area youth football programs and churches. A live DJ was on hand along with video games and basketball. There was also face painting and an appearance from Santa Claus. Each child received a Christmas gift bag.

Watson told News 5 Cleveland:

“I mean, it’s amazing. It’s a great opportunity for me to be able to just give back to all these kids that I met earlier this year through football or through a church, through youth football league, and then through a church service that I attended back at Shallow earlier this year. But just being able to build relationships, build throughout the community, and just give back. This is a perfect opportunity. When I was a young kid in their shoes.”

During his rehab, Watson has been in constant contact with the Browns. He said:

“It’s always tough just to be away from the teammates and just the game of football. You work so hard to be a part of it. But at the same time, injuries happen and you just got to be able to deal with the outcome that comes with it. But I’m very supportive, and the guys got to keep rolling because they’re on fire right now.”

The Browns expect Watson to be ready for the start of training camp. For the time being, he stated he does exactly what the doctors instruct him to do:

“It’s all in the doctor’s hands. Whenever they tell me that I can get out the sling, I’ll be out of it. Until then, I’m just going to follow every rules and every precaution they want me to follow.”

Since Watson was placed on IR, Cleveland has gone 3-2-0 with 38-year-old Joe Flacco, a former Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl MVP. Currently, the Browns have a high seed and should be a post-season team.