Report: Washington QB Jake Browning has surgery after concealing injured shoulder

Washington quarterback Jake Browning had a breakout season during the Huskies' run to the College Football Playoff. But it turns out he wasn't entirely healthy by season's end. That would at least partially explain his late-season struggles.

Adam Jude of the Seattle Times reports that Browning had surgery on his throwing shoulder and is expected to miss the next couple of months while recovering.

Browning reportedly hurt his shoulder during a 44-18 win over Arizona State in mid-November, and the program decided to keep details of the injury hush-hush to avoid exposure to further injury risk. It's still not entirely exactly how serious the shoulder injury was to Browning as coach Chris Petersen does not disclose those specifics.

Though Browning was excellent in Washington's Apple Cup win with 292 yards passing and three touchdowns, he struggled mightily in the Pac-12 Championship Game victory over Colorado. Things didn't get any easier against Alabama in the Peach Bowl with the Huskies falling to the Tide 24-7 in the CFP Semifinal.

That Washington was able to make a playoff run with injured quarterback while playing in a tough conference is impressive. It's no wonder Petersen didn't want to disclose that information at such a critical time. But with this latest news, some of Washington's offensive limitations at the tail of the season make sense.

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Ben Kercheval joined CBS Sports in 2016 and has been covering college football since 2010. Before CBS, Ben worked at Bleacher Report, UPROXX Sports and NBC Sports. As a long-suffering North Texas graduate,... Full Bio

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