Washington Husky Quarterback Jake Browning is recovering from surgery on his throwing shoulder. Here’s why this is very good news
Quarterback Jake Browning led the Washington Huskies to the NCAA football playoffs. There, he ran into a tough Alabama defense and the team lost the game 24-7. But unknown to many, Browning was not up to 100%. In fact, he had injured his throwing shoulder early in the season in the home victory over Arizona State.
The following week, the Huskies would lose to the visiting USC Trojans 26-13. They would not lose another game until the playoffs.
In retrospect, his performance in the Arizona State and USC games were below average for the young hurler. With a season average rating of 167.5, his Arizona State win came in at 61.4 percent completion for 338 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for a rating of 131.8. The following week, he completed 37.5 percent of his passes for 118 yards two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a rating of 106.3. In the playoff game facing Alabama, he completed 52.6 percent of his passes for 150 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for a rating of 83.9. All efforts contributed to the two season losses.
What We Know
But an injury to the throwing shoulder can lead to below average performances. While we do not know the exact nature of the injury, we do know these facts:
- I: The injury was to his throwing shoulder
- II: The injury happened against the Arizona State Sun Devils on November 19
- III: Surgeons operated on Browning’s shoulder in mid-January 2017
- IV: Recovery is estimated at six weeks. That means his sling will likely come off at the end of
- V: After healing, Browning will need to rehab his shoulder. That could mean several
additional weeks of building strength and flexibility.
So in summary, the injury is relatively minor. But based on the evidence, what is the most likely injury?