Deshaun Watson

Cleveland Browns
Quarterback #4
Cleveland Browns
Quarterback #4
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Deshaun Watson News

Heads to reserve list

The Browns placed Watson on the reserve/suspended list Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The transaction is merely a formality, as Watson's placement on the list allows the Browns to whittle their roster down to 53 men prior to Tuesday's deadline. Though he's ineligible to make his Browns debut until Week 13 in Houston while he serves his 11-game suspension, Watson is able to return to the team's facility Oct. 10. He'll be able to resume practicing Nov. 14 and is eligible to be reinstated to the roster Nov. 28, assuming he complies with the conditions of the settlement and treatment plan that accompanied his suspension. Jacoby Brissett is on track to open the season as the Browns' starting quarterback while Watson is unavailable.

Aug 30, 2022 3:46 PM EST


Won't play in last two preseason games

Coach Kevin Stefanski noted Thursday that Watson won't play in the Browns' final two preseason games, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Watson has been suspended for the first 11 games of the 2022 season for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy. Per NFL.com, the quarterback's suspension will take effect on Aug. 30, after which he will be eligible for reinstatement on Nov. 28 and eligible to play in Week 13 against the Texans. Jacoby Brissett is in line to fill in as the Browns' starter to begin the coming season while Watson is unavailable, with Joshua Dobbs and Josh Rosen currently rounding out the team's QB depth chart.

Aug 18, 2022 10:57 AM EST



Suspended 11 games

The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to a settlement that will result in Watson serving an 11-game suspension to start the coming season, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Additionally, Watson will pay a $5 million fine for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The Browns' QB will be eligible to return to action in Week 13, with Jacoby Brissett in line to fill in as the team's starter while Watson is unavailable.

Aug 18, 2022 9:04 AM EST


Could reach settlement with league

Watson's representatives and the NFL Players Association are reportedly actively negotiating a discipline settlement with the NFL, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: The report notes that as Watson awaits designee Peter C. Harvey's ruling on the NFL's appeal of his six -game suspension, the two sides have continued to negotiate, with Cabot indicating that a settlement could potentially be reached within the next few days. NFL Network's Judy Battista previously noted that the league is seeking a one-year suspension for Watson, but Cabot suggests that if a settlement can be reached, the quarterback could take the field at some point during the regular season.

Aug 17, 2022 9:25 AM EST


Struggles in Browns debut

Watson completed one of five passes for seven yards in Friday's 24-13 win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: Watson played the first three drives, and the team failed to pick up a first down during his time in the game. He was understandably rusty after sitting out all of last season, but Watson should continue to get ample opportunities to find his game throughout the remainder of the preseason before sitting out at least the first six games of the regular season due to a suspension. Watson will look to put forth a sharper performance in Cleveland's second preseason game, Aug. 21 against the Eagles.

Aug 12, 2022 7:35 PM EST



Slated to play Friday

Watson remains slated to play in Friday night's preseason game against the Jaguars, James Palmer of NFL Network and Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer report.

Analysis: As Friday's 7 ET kickoff approaches, NFL designee Peter C. Harvey -- who was appointed by commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the league's appeal of Watson's six-game suspension -- has yet to render a decision that might affect the quarterback's status. Per Cabot, Watson was present for warmups ahead of Cleveland's contest versus Jacksonville, which he is in line to start.

Aug 12, 2022 2:29 PM EST


Scheduled to start Friday

Watson is in line to start Friday's preseason opener against the Jaguars, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: The report notes, however, that the Browns' plan to start Watson on Friday could change in the event that NFL designee Peter C. Harvey -- who was appointed by commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the league's appeal of Watson's six-game suspension -- makes his determination before the contest and recommends a year-long suspension for the quarterback. At this stage, though, there isn't a timetable for the decision.

Aug 10, 2022 2:23 PM EST


Could play Friday

Watson (suspension) will travel to Jacksonville for Friday's preseason game and could see his first live action since the end of the 2020, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Regardless of how things play out with his suspension, Watson is eligible for training camp and preseason games. Judge Sue Robinson recommended a six-game ban, which the NFL is now appealing. The appeal will be heard by former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey, who was selected last week by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Expect both Watson and Jacoby Brissett to get some snaps with the first-team offense this summer.

Aug 9, 2022 11:58 AM EST


NFL Players Association files reply

The NFL Players Association has responded in writing to the NFL's appeal of disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson's decision to recommend a six-game suspension for Watson for violating the league's personal conduct policy, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Barring a settlement between the NFL and NFLPA, the appeal will be heard by former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey, who was appointed to do so Thursday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Citing a source familiar with the appeal, NFL Network's Judy Battista indicated that the league is seeking a one-year suspension for Watson. According to ESPN.com, there is no timeline for when Harvey will hear the appeal, but the report notes that according to the league's personal conduct policy, it is in line to be done on an expedited basis.

Aug 5, 2022 2:25 PM EST


Goodell names designee for appeal

Commissioner Roger Goodell has designated former New Jersey attorney general Peter C. Harvey to hear the league's appeal of Watson's six-game suspension for violating the league's personal-conduct policy, NFL.com reports.

Analysis: On Wednesday, the NFL announced that it would appeal disciplinary officer Judge Sue L. Robinson's ruling, which called for a six-game suspension for the Browns QB. Citing a source familiar with the appeal, NFL Network's Judy Battista indicated that the league is seeking a one-year suspension for Watson. The NFL Players Association, which initially stated it wouldn't appeal Robinson's decision, has until Friday to respond to the league following Thursday's announcement. The report notes that under the league's personal-conduct policy, the appeal will be processed on an expedited basis and will be based on a "review of the existing record."

Aug 4, 2022 1:32 PM EST


NFL to appeal decision

The NFL opted to appeal Watson's six-game suspension Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: On Monday, NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson issued her ruling in the investigation into Watson's multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. At the time, the NFLPA announced that it wouldn't appeal the suspension, but the league has decided to. With the appeal filed, it now will be on commissioner Roger Goodell (or his designee) to review it and make a further determination on whether the punishment was justified.

Aug 3, 2022 1:05 PM EST


NFL reviewing Robinson's decision

The NFL released a statement Monday following disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson's decision to recommend a six-game suspension for Watson for violating the league's personal conduct policy, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Per Pelissero, the NFL has yet to decide whether to appeal Robinson's ruling, with the statement noting, "pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the NFL or the NFLPA on behalf of Watson may appeal the decision within three days. In light of her findings, the league is reviewing Judge Robinson's imposition of a six-game suspension and will make a determination on next steps." Jake Trotter of ESPN notes that if Watson's suspension is upheld, the quarterback will still be able to participate in practice during the preseason and would be eligible to be reinstated in advance of the Browns' Oct. 23 game at Baltimore.

Aug 1, 2022 9:57 AM EST


Suspended six games

Per a ruling from NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, Watson is slated to be suspended for the first six games of the 2022 season, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Prior to Robinson's determination having been reported, the NFL Players Association announced that it would not appeal the ruling. Per Peliserro, the NFL has three days to file an appeal, and if that occurs, it would be heard by Roger Goodell or his designee.

Aug 1, 2022 5:41 AM EST


Decision expected Monday

NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson's decision regarding a possible Watson suspension is expected to be announced Monday, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Per Cabot, the NFL reportedly argued for an indefinite suspension of the quarterback under the league's Personal Conduct Policy for at least the coming season (with a chance to apply for reinstatement afterward), while the NFL Players Association argued for a shorter length of time. The report notes that once Robinson's ruling arrives, either side can appeal to league Commissioner Roger Goodell. Watson, who has been participating in training camp, has been taking the Browns' first-team QB reps at practice, while Jacoby Brissett -- who would be in line to start if Watson is suspended -- has handled second-team snaps.

Jul 31, 2022 3:46 PM EST


Sharing snaps with Brissett

Coach Kevin Stefanski noted Wednesday that Watson and Jacoby Brissett will share the Browns' first-team QB snaps to begin training camp, Jake Trotter of ESPN reports. "I wouldn't get into like the exact percentage," Stefanski said of how the two will split work in practice, "but they're both going to get a ton of reps."

Analysis: Meanwhile, Stefanski reiterated Wednesday that Brissett would serve as Cleveland's starting signal caller in the event Watson is suspended by the NFL. The report adds that league disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson continues to weigh whether Watson violated the league's personal conduct policy. At this time, there is no timetable for when her determination on the matter will occur.

Jul 27, 2022 2:59 PM EST


Hearing concludes

Watson's hearing before the NFL and NFLPA's jointly appointed disciplinary officer ended Thursday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: After three days in front of the officer, the league is drawing closer to concluding its 15-month long investigation into Watson, who faced 24 civil suits for allegations of sexual misconduct. All but four of those were settled Tuesday, June 21, and among them one suit added his former team, the Texans, as a defendant Monday. According to Cabot, the officer requested post-hearing briefs from both parties, which need to be filed by July 6. Once those are submitted, a ruling on Watson's punishment likely won't be announced until mid-July, at the earliest, after which he'll have an opportunity to appeal any proposed suspension. As Cabot reported Monday, the NFL is aiming for an indefinite ban of at least one year.

Jun 30, 2022 3:40 PM EST


In midst of hearing

Watson's hearing in front of the NFL and NFLPA's jointly appointed disciplinary officer began Tuesday and will continue Wednesday and perhaps beyond that point, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The NFL is at the tail end of its 15-month long investigation into Watson's legal situation, which included 24 civil suits for allegations of sexual misconduct. Of those, 20 were settled last Tuesday, while four are pending, with one of them amending its wording Monday to name the Texans as a defendant. According to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the league is seeking an indefinite suspension of at least one year, but there remains no timetable for the disciplinary officer to make a decision on the matter.

Jun 28, 2022 9:49 PM EST


Reaches settlements in civil suits

Watson has reached confidential settlements in 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits filed against him, NFL.com and Sarah Barshop of ESPN report.

Analysis: In a statement Tuesday, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy noted "today's development has no impact on the collectively bargained disciplinary process." The quarterback, who was traded from the Texans to the Browns in March, faces potential discipline from the NFL, which is independently investigating whether Watson violated the league's personal-conduct policy. The NFL.com report indicated that a timeline for such a determination has not been provided.

Jun 21, 2022 11:35 AM EST


Present for offseason workouts

Watson is in Cleveland on Tuesday for the start of the Browns' offseason program, while fellow quarterback Baker Mayfield (shoulder) isn't in attendance, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: As expected, given that Mayfield reportedly requested a trade in mid-March when the Browns were revealed to be pursuing Watson, who ultimately chose Cleveland over Atlanta and New Orleans. The Browns still have a few things to hash out in their QB room before Week 1, starting with a possible NFL suspension for Watson and a trade to find Mayfield a new home. Potential fits for Mayfield include Seattle and Carolina, though it isn't clear either team is willing to give up anything significant for the 27-year-old QB. Watson, 26, is still facing civil suits for allegations of sexual misconduct, after a Harris County, TX grand jury voted not to indict him on criminal charges in March.

Apr 19, 2022 8:40 AM EST


Chooses Browns over Saints/Falcons

Watson is waiving his no-trade clause to facilitate a trade to the Browns, changing his mind Friday after reports earlier in the week suggested he'd ruled the team out, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Numerous reports had Watson deciding between the Saints and Falcons, after the Panthers and Browns came up short in their efforts to woo him. With the QB now changing his mind, Houston and Cleveland will finalize terms of a a trade, while Watson already has a contract arrangement in place with his soon-to-be team, getting a five-year, $230 million deal that's fully guaranteed, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. A grand jury recently declined to indict Watson on criminal charges, but he's still facing civil suits (and potentially an NFL suspension) for allegations of sexual misconduct. Charles Robinson of Yahoo reports the trade for Watson will include three first-round picks and two additional draft picks heading from Cleveland to Houston.

Mar 18, 2022 1:02 PM EST


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