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  • Latest On NFL's Deshaun Watson Appeal

    2:59pm: Peter Harvey, a former New Jersey Attorney General, will hear the league’s Watson appeal. Goodell had the power to hear the appeal himself, but the longtime commissioner has appointed Harvey, who is now a partner at the New York-based Paterson Belknap firm. The NFL’s statement (via NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo, on Twitter) indicates Harvey has “deep […]

    Aug 4 · Pro Football Rumors Browns Deshaun Watson
  • NFL Appealing Deshaun Watson's Six-Game Suspension

    The NFL is appealing for an indefinite suspension for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson that would be a minimum of one year, according to sources. The NFL's appeal will also include a monetary fine, which is even more significant given the structure of Watson's contract. Disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson gave Watson a six-game suspension on Monday after the investigation into 20-plus accusations of sexual misconduct from Watson. There's now a possibility that the NFL Players Association could file a federal lawsuit, depending on how commissioner Roger Goodell or an appointed designee handles the appeal, which would allow Watson to continue playing until it's heard in federal court.

    Aug 3 · Source via Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Deshaun Watson Settles Three Of Remaining Four Civil Suits

    Before today’s announcement of the suspension Deshaun Watson will be facing (pending any potential NFL appeal), there was another important development in his legal situation. The number of civil suits he faces continues to drop, and now sits at one.  [RELATED: Watson Suspended Six Games] The embattled Browns QB has reached settlement agreements with three of the […]

    Aug 1 · Pro Football Rumors Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Deshaun Watson Suspended Six Games

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been suspended six games for violating the personal conduct policy. He will miss the first six weeks of the season and make his Browns debut in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens. NFL's disciplinary officer, Judge Sue L. Robinson, officially decided Monday for Watson's six-game suspension. The Browns play the Panthers, Jets, Steelers, Falcons, Chargers, and Patriots during the season's first six weeks. Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, David Njoku, and Amari Cooper's fantasy value takes a minor hit with Jacoby Brissett under center in the early part of the season. With Brissett as the team's starting quarterback, expect the Browns to lean heavily on the run before Watson is eligible to return. Fantasy managers can draft Watson as a mid-range QB2 in upcoming drafts, while Brissett becomes an option in Superflex league formats while the former Houston Texan is suspended.

    Aug 1 · Source via Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Deshaun Watson Ruling To Come On Monday

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson may learn his fate on Monday. The league's disciplinary officer, Judge Sue L. Robinson, is anticipated to reach a decision on the case after giving the NFL and NFL Players Association time to settle. However, with nothing of the sort expected, Robinson will be the deciding factor in this ordeal. Cleveland is expecting an eight-game suspension, with experts predicting that a two to eight-game hiatus is possible. Yet, there's also a chance Watson won't miss any time, which would automatically increase his fantasy stock. Guys like Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, David Njoku, and Amari Cooper would also likely benefit, especially since managers would feel more comfortable with Watson under center instead of Jacoby Brissett, who is expected to start if the former Texan misses games during the 2022-23 campaign.

    Jul 31 · Source via Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Ruling On Deshaun Watson Could Come Early Next Week

    A ruling from NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson on Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson's suspension could come early next week. The Browns have been giving Watson and backup Jacoby Brissett first-team repetitions early in training camp with Watson likely to be handed down a suspension eventually. Whether it's for the entire 2022 season or just a portion of it remains to be seen, but the Browns have been clear that Brissett will be their starter if Watson is suspended. The most likely scenario is an eight-game suspension for Watson, which makes him undraftable in most single-season fantasy formats. If/when Brissett is starting games, expect the Browns to lean heavily on their ground game.

    Jul 29 · Source via Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Donovan Peoples-Jones A Favorite Of Deshaun Watson

    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones is in great shape to begin training camp and is earning opportunities. He's also already a favorite of quarterback Deshaun Watson. It's a good start for Peoples-Jones, but the problem is that Watson could be facing a lengthy suspension in his first year in Cleveland. Amari Cooper is the Browns' No. 1 receiver, but there's really nothing stopping DPJ from securing the No. 2 role this year. In his two NFL seasons, the 23-year-old has 48 catches for 901 yards and five touchdowns in 26 games. Given the likelihood that Watson is suspended in 2022, most fantasy managers are choosing to avoid Peoples-Jones in drafts.

    Jul 27 · Source via Browns Deshaun Watson Donovan Peoples-Jones
  • Jacoby Brissett To Start If Deshaun Watson Is Suspended

    Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski clarified the team's quarterback depth chart on Wednesday. "Jacoby Brissett is our backup quarterback. If Deshaun Watson is unavailable, Jacoby's our starter." Brissett will get first-team repetitions in training camp practices just in case Watson is suspended for a good chunk (or all) of the 2022 season. Brissett proved in his time with the Indianapolis Colts in 2019 that he's a replacement-level starter in the NFL, and he threw for 1,283 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions in 11 games (five starts) for the Miami Dolphins in 2021. Especially in Cleveland's run-first offense, Brissett will be no more than a low-end QB2 in fantasy leagues if Watson is suspended.

    Jul 27 · Source via Browns Jacoby Brissett Deshaun Watson
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