Deshaun Watson Eligible To Return To Browns Practice Facility On October 10th
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is reportedly eligible to return to the team’s practice facility on October 10th. However, according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter, he will not be permitted to practice with the rest of the team until November 14th. Watson will be allowed to workout on his own.
Watson is currently serving an eleven-game suspension with the NFL, following its findings of his alleged sexual misconduct against several women. He has been accused civilly by more than twenty women of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions and at least ten of those women filed criminal complaints with the police. Two grand juries decided not to recommend charges be brought against Watson. However, the NFL proceeded with its own internal investigation into the matter. The investigation against Watson led to the quarterback initially being suspended by the NFL’s disciplinary officer, Judge Sue L. Robinson.
However, the NFL wanted Watson to serve a suspension longer than six-games and had been pushing for a one-year indefinite suspension. Ultimately, both parties came to a compromise. In addition to the suspension, Watson was fined $5 million.
Watson must reportedly meet certain conditions outlined in the settlement he reached with the NFL. According to officials, in order for Watson to return, he must have his massage therapists approved by the Browns or whichever club he plays for, for as long as he remains a player in the NFL.
Browns General Manager Andrew Berry stated back in August that the team has put a “plan in place” for Watson’s massage appointments. Jonathan Jones from CBS states that the settlement says that Watson may only have “club-directed sessions and club-approved massage therapists” for the duration of his NFL career — not just with the Browns.
Watson played in one preseason game, which was on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The game marked the first time Watson has taken the field since 2020. The quarterback did not play the entire 2021 season.
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