Browns plan to play Deshaun Watson in preseason, but he won’t play the first six weeks of regular season

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The NFL Players Association did not appeal the six-game suspension imposed on Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. Thus, unless the appeal filed by the NFL results in no suspension at all (highly unlikely), Watson will miss the first six weeks of the regular season.

The question is whether he’ll return in Week Seven, at Baltimore. If a longer suspension is imposed on him via appeal, and if a lawsuit challenging the league’s process is filed, the earliest he’d return is Week Seven — if the lawsuit produces the desired results.

Until Week One, he can practice and play. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Browns plan to use Watson during the preseason. Whether he plays in all three games and the extent of his playing time remains to be seen.

There’s one last thing to remember. The appeal could potentially result in an immediate suspension that lasts at least one year. It’s possible that a ban of that duration would result in Watson being banned immediately.

The Browns play at the Jaguars next Friday. They host the Eagles and Bears in Weeks Two and Three of the preseason, respectively.

35 responses to “Browns plan to play Deshaun Watson in preseason, but he won’t play the first six weeks of regular season

  1. It sounds like he won’t be playing after the first six weeks either. Deservedly so.

  2. It’s not like the Browns will be that good anyways if he plays or not they are going to be fighting for 3rd place either way.

  3. He deserves an indefinite suspension and a massive fine (ie one that will really hurt him) for everything he did.

  4. “Even with Watson the Bengals would blow them out by 30. Kings of Ohio”
    Even without him, the Browns have won 6 of the last 7 against the “Kings of Ohio’

  5. Anyone else would be in prison! But this guy is good at sports, so he gets $230MIL! What is wrong here?

  6. Maybe the Browns should keep him on ice until the games actually matter. Surgically repaired ACL’s have a 20% +/- reinjury rate in athletes. Watson has 2 of them.

  7. Man I hope they suspend him for the year, toll the contract and he has to play next year on the low base salary. Then the Browns can sit on their $45M in cap space this year and start cap hell in 2 years. Serves them all right

  8. So the NFL locked in six games and is just planning to railroad him now. Don’t we all love when a massive company trucks an individual? It should be zero games until this is final. However…

    This whole process isn’t even a real appeal. There is nothing to appeal. Nothing is different than it was last week. There isn’t new information that the judge wouldn’t allow the first time. This is an absolute embarrassment. The NFL didn’t get what it wanted the fair way so it’s just going to railroad the player. How can the union, or anyone in the USA, be OK with this process?

  9. religionisforidiots says:
    August 4, 2022 at 8:10 pm
    Even with Watson the Bengals would blow them out by 30. Kings of Ohio.
    __________________________

    Are we even watching the same sport? Burrows has never beaten the Browns. EVER.

  10. Let’s hope when he steps on the field that fans give him the welcome he so richly deserves.

    ps: I wonder what other players *really* think of this kink

  11. I can’t imagine being a Browns fan and face the choice of cheering for a serial sexual predator.

  12. So this is the “adult” Cleveland now has in their quarterback room..Impressive

  13. Watson is an embarrassment to the legacy of the Cleveland Browns and all Browns fans. As much as I would like to see the Browns win a championship, I don’t want it tainted. Time to cut Watson.

  14. I am very disappointed in the GM Berry and the HC from day one the optics of Watson as a Brown was just terrible he had a lot of time to rehabilitate Watsons image but took none .
    From accepting blame to getting consoling to dressing in a decent manner during mini camp his shorts he might as well been naked very disgusting no class where was management is there anyone in the management group who has the slightest clue because if they do who is it ? shame on them all .

  15. I can’t believe there are people supporting this guy !? Also did he even get cured of his perversion which he claims doesn’t exist?

  16. religionisforidiots says:
    August 4, 2022 at 8:10 pm
    Even with Watson the Bengals would blow them out by 30. Kings of Ohio.

    *********************************************************
    Ummm… the bungles haven’t beat the Browns this decade.

  17. Even with Watson the Bengals would blow them out by 30. Kings of Ohio.

    Since 2018, the Browns are 7-1 against the Bengals. The Joe Burrow led Bengals have never beaten the Browns yet.

  18. gougeaway says:
    August 4, 2022 at 9:27 pm
    Anyone else would be in prison!

    ———-

    For solicitation? Please child….

  19. Karma will catch up with the lying perverted Watson. His arrogance is disgusting and the Browns will be sorry, very shortly.

  20. The fact that 25+ women have been willing to step forward to bring this pervert to attention, is enough to sit his butt down for another year. For anyone who doesn’t see these numbers as proof? Please, child….

  21. “Help me understand what is a “non-violent sexual assault”
    It is defined by the organization, in this case, after the fact. I can be as little as staring at someone for too long.

  22. Shoulda kept Baker. He’s won just as many playoff games as Watson minus the tom foolery.

  23. nhpats2011 says:
    August 5, 2022 at 8:30 am
    gougeaway says:
    August 4, 2022 at 9:27 pm
    Anyone else would be in prison!

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    For solicitation? Please child….
    ****************
    It’s “Child Please”. And let’s not forget Watson committed “non-violent sexual assault” not “solicitation”.

  24. I for one am glad he is out for AT least 6 weeks since my team is playing them week 6. If he gets more added so be it. I do not Judge.

  25. The Cleveland Browns should have never been allowed to re-join the league. What a joke.

  26. Add his face to the AFC N Hall of Shame along with Mixon, Roethlisberger and Rice.

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