Are Browns preparing for an eight-game ban for Deshaun Watson?

It was reported earlier Tuesday that Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson could ultimately be suspended for anywhere between “two to eight games” of the 2022 NFL season over allegations of sexual misconduct during sessions. massage. It was also said there was “no indication” at the time that disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson would issue a ruling on the matter until the end of this week.

A new update appeared a few hours before the start of the MLB All-Star Game.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported Tuesday afternoon that a league source says the Browns are “privately preparing for an eight-game suspension from Watson.” Florio added that it “only means that the team has come to the subjective conclusion, which they will never publicly admit, that they expect to be without Watson for eight of 17 games in 2022.”

The NFL would like Watson suspended indefinitely and rendered ineligible for at least the entire upcoming campaign, while the NFL Players Association has opposed any ban and would have fought a full-season suspension in federal court, if necessary. Cleveland, meanwhile, has shown no signs of wanting to acquire an upgrade on backup Jacoby Brissett and is likely comfortable with Brissett leaving for up to eight games this fall if Watson doesn’t. is not available.

Watson has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and has seen two grand juries refuse to indict him, while his legal team reached settlements with 20 of the 24 plaintiffs suing him.

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