It was discovered in the course of the preseason portion of the calendar that the NFL and NFL Players Association had reached a settlement that resulted in Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson receiving an 11-game suspension and $5 million tremendous associated to allegations of sexual misconduct throughout therapeutic massage classes.
Watson was eligible to take part in soccer actions via August and temporarily handled scout-team duties however needed to depart the Browns’ facility to start serving the ban by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday afternoon. According to Tom Withers of the Associated Press, the 26-year-old was seen driving away from the membership’s constructing roughly an hour earlier than that deadline.
Per the phrases of the settlement, Watson can’t have any contact with Browns personnel till he turns into eligible to return to the staff’s facility on Oct. 10. He might resume working towards on Nov. 14 and probably make his official Browns debut in Week 13 on the Houston Texans, his former employer, on Dec. 4.
Houston traded Watson to Cleveland in March after the three-time Pro Bowl choice sat via the 2021 marketing campaign following an offseason commerce request.
As the NFL’s web site beforehand famous, Watson’s standing remains to be a minimum of considerably up within the air as a result of the beforehand talked about settlement “requires compliance with a professional evaluation and treatment plan.” Watson reportedly started necessary counseling sooner or later over per week in the past.
By all accounts, the Browns by no means got here near buying a confirmed commodity akin to Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers this summer season and as a substitute may have backup Jacoby Brissett begin in Watson’s absence. However, it is doable the revised contract Garoppolo and the 49ers agreed to initially of the midweek might make it easier for the Browns to land the 30-year-old earlier than the autumn commerce deadline.