Browns spark fascinating chess match with Peter Harvey over Deshaun Watson

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With speculation rampant that appeals officer Peter Harvey may suspend Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson indefinitely before Friday night, blocking him from playing in the preseason opener at Jacksonville, the Browns made a compelling chess move.

They announced on Wednesday that Watson will start the Week One preseason game.

It left zero doubt about Cleveland’s plans, even though the team had no obligation to tell anyone what they intend to do. And it feels like an effort by the Browns to dare Harvey to act sooner than later, so that the Browns will be able to plan accordingly.

Harvey may be waiting as long as possible to issue a suspension that would block Watson from playing Friday night, given the possibility that the NFL Players Association will rush to court for an order allowing Watson to play. If, for example, Harvey issues his ruling just before 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, the NFLPA will have roughly 120 minutes to get a temporary restraining order.

Regardless, everyone now knows that Watson will play on Friday night. Unless Harvey decides that he can’t — and if the NFLPA is unable to block the enforcement of that ruling in court.

11 responses to “Browns spark fascinating chess match with Peter Harvey over Deshaun Watson

  1. Goodell could have curtailed this entire circus by placing Watson on the exempt list while with the Texans until EVERYTHING had been settled and closed.

  2. There is no super secret plan here. The Browns literally did what they always do and announced what starters would be playing a couple days before a preseason game. As of now Watson is on the team and is QB1 so this is the least shocking thing they could have done.

  3. The NFL should fine the browns, an amount equal to or greater than the guaranteed salary they gave a sexual predator

  4. Let him play to end this clown show. If they suspend him until next year the whole circus starts again. Either ban him for life but on what facts? Or just raise the suspension to a payment punishment of 10-25 Mio $. But extend the point when he is playing again will not help the NFL.

  5. Nobody in the Browns organization can play chess. Pretty sure checkers is hard for them.

  6. The Browns are really struggling to find players willing to take a spot on their roster. At this rate, they might not be able to field a team. No wonder Browns fans are so angry and crying all the time.

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