Quarterback Deshaun Watson is heading to the highest of the Cleveland Browns’ depth chart.
According to Chris Bumbaca of USA Today, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed that Watson shall be formally reinstated by the league at 4 p.m. ET Monday following his 11-game suspension associated to allegations of sexual misconduct throughout therapeutic massage periods. This will put Watson on observe to make his Cleveland regular-season debut this Sunday at none apart from the Houston Texans, his former membership.
Watson hasn’t taken a snap in a significant NFL sport since he final performed for the Texans on Jan. 3, 2021, as he sat out the next marketing campaign following an offseason commerce request. The Browns acquired Watson from the Texans this previous March after it was realized he would not be charged with a criminal offense concerning the sexual misconduct accusations however earlier than the NFL introduced in August the 27-year-old could be banned for the opening 11 contests of the continuing season.
In whole, Watson’s authorized crew has reached settlements with 23 ladies who filed lawsuits towards him. Two lawsuits are nonetheless lively, together with one filed final month.
Backup Jacoby Brissett broadly impressed followers and analysts along with his performances beginning instead of Watson however nonetheless was solely in a position to assist the Browns attain a document of 4-7. The Texans, in the meantime, are the NFL’s worst crew at 1-9-1.
Per ESPN stats, Brissett heads to the Cleveland bench twentieth within the league amongst certified quarterbacks with an 89.1 passer ranking, seventh with a 61.2 whole QBR, twelfth with 2,608 passing yards, and twentieth with 12 passing touchdowns on the season. In his 11 begins, Brissett threw six interceptions and accomplished 64.1% of his throws.
“I’m really happy for Jacoby, he’s a great leader,” Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski stated of Brissett after he gave the 29-year-old the sport ball for guiding Cleveland to a 23-17 extra time win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, as shared by Jake Trotter of ESPN. “He battled like crazy. It was a great effort by him.”
While the NFL web site notes the Browns are thirteenth out of 16 golf equipment within the AFC playoff image, they continue to be mathematically alive because it pertains to the postseason match as a three-time Pro Bowl choice takes over as their QB1.