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Browns GM Andrew Berry Confirms Deshaun Watson Recovery Timeline

While the Browns begin their offseason plans at the NFL Combine this week, general manager Andrew Berry provided a positive update on quarterback Deshaun Watson's rehab.

The next step in the Deshaun Watson rehab plan – throwing the football.

The Browns signal caller has said publicly via the QB Unplugged Podcast that he's "ahead of schedule" in his recovery from surgery to repair a glenoid fracture in his throwing shoulder and . On Tuesday, at the NFL Combine, general manager Andrew Berry, confirmed Watson's plans to resume throwing in March. It's a major step in his road back to the field.

"Deshaun will begin throwing next month," Berry said. "He's worked his tail off with his rehab and recovery. He's in a really good place. We're excited for when the spring hits and we can get him back out on the field. But he's making really good progress and we're really excited to see that continue.

Watson sustained the injury a little over 16 weeks ago after helping orchestrate a 33-31 comeback win over the Ravens in Week 11. A little more than a week later, Watson had successful surgery to repair the fracture and spent much of the rest of the season rehabbing in Los Angeles.

Cleveland has high hopes for Watson in 2024, which will be year three with the former Texan primarily quarterbacking the offense. The first two seasons with Watson at the helm have been derailed for various reasons. First came the 11-game suspension in 2022 that left the Watson playing in just six games that season and throwing for only 1,102 yards and seven touchdowns. Then came an injury riddled 2023 campaign that saw Watson appear sporadically in six more games, throwing for 1,115 yards and seven more touchdowns.

This isn't the first time Watson has had to come back from a season ending injury. During his freshman season at Clemson he battled multiple injuries before tearing his ACL in the team's regular season finale and undergoing offseason surgery.

Watson suffered the same injury during his first season with the Texans and went through a rigorous rehab process to return to the field and throw for 4,000 yards that next year.

Once Watson gets back to throwing, it should set the stage for his involvement in the team's offseason program in April. How active he will be by that phase of his rehab remains to be seen.

When asked about whether or not Watson will be a full participant this spring, Berry wasn't willing to prognosticate much more than stating that they're pleased with where he's at.