Browns get some clarity on Deshaun Watson, await closure

by | Aug 1, 2022 | Sports

BEREA, Ohio — The Browns finally have some clarity on Deshaun Watson’s playing status. Now, they’re waiting for closure.It could be hours or days away.More than four months since Cleveland signed him to a five-year, $230 million contract, Watson was suspended six games without pay Monday by independent arbiter Sue L. Robinson, who ruled that he violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy after being accused by more than two dozen women in Texas of sexual misconduct.But while the long-awaited decision came as the Browns braced for the possibility he could be suspended for the entire 2022 season, nothing is final.The league, which pushed for Watson to be disciplined harshly, is weighing whether to appeal Robinson’s ruling, which she detailed in a 16-page document. If there’s an appeal — the league has until 9 a.m. Thursday to file it — the case will go to Commissioner Roger Goodell or someone he designates to either shorten, lengthen or maintain the punishment.For now, Watson’s debut for the Browns will be delayed until Oct. 23 at Baltimore — nearly 22 months since his last appearance in an NFL game.About 90 minutes after Robinson’s decision was released, Watson ran onto the practice field in his orange No. 4 jersey to …

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