BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns tight end Ben Watson could be done for the season.
Watson sustained his third concussion of the year last Thursday night at Pittsburgh and has not practiced this week.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur is concerned about the trend.
“It’s something that we need to look at,” Shurmur said. “I think it’s important that we treat the injuries specific to the actual injury but be aware of the fact that there has been a couple strung together there. We’re looking at it and we’re trying to prevent it from happening and unfortunately this is a physical game where guys get knocked around.
“We try to teach and play a physical brand of football where they can be aggressive yet be able to function and not get themselves hurt but it happens sometimes.”
Watson suffered his first concussion of the year during the preseason. He left the week six win over Seattle with his second and then last week at Pittsburgh was the third.
As a result, he saw a specialist Wednesday and there is a real possibility that he will not return this season.
“We’re just going to have to see how he progresses here,” Shurmur said. “We hope to get him back this season but there could be a chance there that he doesn’t (return).”
Watson, who has not missed a game, is second on the team with 37 catches and 410 yards this season. He also has two touchdown receptions.
The Browns signed Watson to a three-year, $12 million contract in 2010 and he is scheduled to make $2.88 million for the final year of it in 2012.