The Deshaun Watson saga has taken yet another turn, as we now know that the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback will serve at least a six-game suspension after the court ruling from former federal judge Sue L. Robinson.
Despite this, the Cleveland Browns have revealed their plan for Deshaun Watson as long as the NFL doesn’t win their appeal to potentially extend Watson’s suspension to become a year-long suspension.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Browns plan to play Watson during the preseason, and then Watson will sit at least through Week 6 for the duration of his suspension.
The first opportunity that Watson will be able to play will be on August 12th when the Browns take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in their first preseason matchup.
It’s unclear how much Watson will be featured in these preseason games, but it will still be interesting to see considering we haven’t seen him play since the 2020-21 NFL season.
This will all hinge on the NFL’s appeal of Watson’s suspension and when that decision ultimately comes. If he is indeed suspended for the entirety of the 2022-23 NFL season, he will likely see little to no action in preseason games.
Regardless, the team will simultaneously work to get backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett ready for Week 1 of the regular season while also trying to put Watson in a spot to potentially return in the team’s Week 7 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.