- Deshaun Watson was ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a shoulder fracture
- The idea of adding Joe Flacco received approval from the Browns players
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According to reports, the Cleveland Browns have added quarterback Joe Flacco to their practice squad.
The Browns worked out the Super Bowl-winning signal caller on Friday and are expected to promote him to the active roster, according to Adam Schefter and Field Yates.
Cleveland is looking to add a new quarterback to its roster after Deshaun Watson was ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a fractured throwing shoulder.
Flacco has a career mark of 18-3 against the Browns, and last season he led the New York Jets to an improbable comeback victory over them. He hasn’t been on any rosters in 2023. But he has kept open the possibility of returning, and Cleveland has a pressing need.
The idea of adding him received approval from several Browns players earlier this week.
The Cleveland Browns have reportedly added quarterback Joe Flacco to their practice squad
Deshaun Watson was ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a shoulder fracture
Rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson started under center for Cleveland on Sunday
“Joe´sa leader,” said wide receiver, who played two seasons with Flacco in New York. ‘I feel like he has a lot of experience. He knows football, and how can you not want to lean on someone who knows football? He played the game for a long time at a very, very high level, the highest level. MVP level. Great respect for him.’
Watson’s injury threatens to derail a promising season for the Browns (6-3), who won’t have their franchise QB until 2024 at the earliest and need help now.
With Watson sidelined, the Browns started rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) with PJ Walker as his backup.
Thompson-Robinson threw for 156 yards and just one interception in the Browns’ narrow 13-10 win over the Steelers.
Flacco was named Super Bowl MVP in 2013 after leading the Ravens to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. He completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns.
The 6-foot-1 QB has passed for 42,320 yards and gone 99-81 as a starter in 180 NFL starts. Flacco played 11 seasons for the Ravens, three with the Jets and one in Denver.
Like Moore, Browns All-Pro defensive player Myles Garrett believes Flacco would be a big addition — as a player or just to help Thompson-Robinson.
‘Maturity and experience. Wisdom,” Garrett said when asked about the value of adding a player like Flacco. “As much as Deshaun has played, Flacco has seen more. He has reached the highest level. He can provide that little bit of a mentor role, even if he doesn’t see the field there as a consistent leader.”
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