Cleveland Browns gamers are hyped for the regular-season debut of star quarterback Deshaun Watson on the 1-9-1 Houston Texans Sunday.
“We’re all excited,” Browns Pro Bowl operating again Nick Chubb mentioned of Watson taking the sphere in Week 13, per Jake Trotter of ESPN. “We’ve waited a long time for him to come back.”
Watson missed the primary 11 video games of the season whereas serving a suspension associated to allegations of sexual misconduct throughout therapeutic massage periods. Backup Jacoby Brissett briefly held the membership’s QB1 position and went 4-7 as a starter earlier than Watson was formally reinstated on Monday.
Watson hasn’t performed in a regular-season sport since he began for the Texans on Jan. 3, 2021. He sat by way of the complete 2021 marketing campaign following an offseason commerce request and was then dealt to Cleveland by Houston this previous March. The 27-year-old has been eligible to apply with the Browns since Nov. 16.
“He’s special — he’s a playmaker,” Chubb mentioned about what he is seen from Watson throughout apply. “He puts the ball exactly where he needs it go. Guys like that. Guys are excited.”
Linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah echoed that take. He mentioned “there’s an excitement” within the locker room about Watson taking significant snaps with the Browns for the primary time. Understandably, not all people shares that emotion.
Attorney Tony Buzbee said that “around 10” of his purchasers who sued Watson for sexual misconduct plan to attend Sunday’s sport. Watson was at all times prone to encounter a hostile atmosphere at NRG Stadium this weekend no matter Buzbee’s replace, each due to the allegations in opposition to the signal-caller and for the way in which he compelled his exit from the Texans.
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski is doing all he can to eradicate outdoors noise and maintain his gamers centered on the duty at hand.