The NFL confirmed on Thursday that former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey will hear the league’s attraction of the ruling from disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson that mentioned Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson needs to be suspended just for six video games relating to allegations of sexual misconduct throughout therapeutic massage classes.
It’s been reported the NFL needs Watson suspended indefinitely and made ineligible to play for a minimum of your entire upcoming season. As issues stand as we speak, nevertheless, the 26-year-old who did not take a snap for the Houston Texans throughout the 2021 marketing campaign following an offseason commerce request is on observe to make his official Browns debut on the division-rival Baltimore Ravens in Week 7 on Oct. 23.
Backup Jacoby Brissett can be Cleveland’s QB1 for the Week 1 matchup on the Carolina Panthers if Watson is banned at the moment. Per Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk, head coach Kevin Stefanski spoke with reporters Friday about being ready for each state of affairs relating to Watson’s availability.
“We’ll let that play out, but we’ve got to get Deshaun ready to play,” Stefanski defined. “He hasn’t played football in a year. We’ve got to get Jacoby ready to play. He’s potentially going to be playing early for us and starting and we’re going to be counting on him.”
The Browns additionally have journeyman Joshua Dobbs and 2018 first-round draft choose Josh Rosen of their quarterback room forward of their preseason opener on the Jacksonville Jaguars subsequent Friday.
“Same thing for Dobbs and Rosen. Those guys have to be ready to play,” Stefanski continued throughout his feedback, in accordance to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “So I just look at it is we’re going to use every opportunity we have out here, individual drill, post-practice, during practice, we’ve got to get all these guys ready to play.”
It was beforehand reported the NFL Players Association is keen to sue in federal court docket if Watson receives an indefinite suspension. An injunction presumably would enable him to begin till the matter is settled in a technique or one other.
Pro Football Talk is reporting the Browns presently plan to have Watson play in preseason contests.