The Cleveland Browns hope the December return of suspended quarterback Deshaun Watson will be enough to save their season.
The Browns sit at 3-6 — good enough for third place in AFC North standings — with a game against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills next on the docket.
Per the conditions of his suspension, Watson returned to practice this week for the first time since the NFL increased his suspension from eight to 12 games.
Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt met with assembled local media on Thursday and discussed Watson’s practice performance.
“I know he’s been working hard while he’s been away from the building. Excited to see him out there,” Van Pelt said, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
“He made some throws after practice in what we call an ‘opportunity period.’ You’re like, ‘Oh, OK, that’s impressive stuff.’ So he looks good. Continue to work him in. He’s been in the room for a while now, so I think he has a good understanding of how we work in a game week and transitioning him in when the time comes.”
The Browns are next in action when they face the Bills at Ford Field in Detroit after the NFL moved the game to avoid a massive snowstorm in New York.