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  • Deshaun Watson To Start Preseason Opener

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is scheduled to start the team's preseason opener on Friday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars, along with most of the rest of the starters, as long as he isn't suspended indefinitely by then. The NFL has appealed Watson's six-game suspended, which was handed down by Sue L. Robinson, and they are pushing for a season-long suspension for violating the league's personal-conduct policy. The 26-year-old wouldn't be allowed to practice during training camp or play in preseason games if he's given a year-long ban. Watson has been accused of sexual misconduct by 30 massage therapists during appointments in 2019 and 2020, when he was with the Houston Texans. At the very least, Watson will be suspended for six games in 2022, making him more of a low-end QB2 target in fantasy drafts.

    Aug 10 · Source via Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Jakeem Grant Sr. To Miss All Of 2022 Season

    Cleveland Browns wide receiver/returner Jakeem Grant Sr. (Achilles) has been confirmed to have suffered a torn Achilles in training camp practice on Tuesday, and he'll miss the entire 2022 season. In addition to being a Pro Bowl return man, Grant was hoping to have an expanded role in the passing attack in his first year in Cleveland. The 29-year-old will be a major loss for the Browns' special teams unit this year, as well as the team's receiver depth behind Amari Cooper, rookie David Bell and Anthony Schwartz. With Grant done for the year, Demetric Felton will have an opportunity to earn a kick-return role on special teams now. Rookies Michael Woods II and Mike Harley Jr. could see more chances out of the slot, too, if anything were to happen to Bell this year.

    Aug 10 · Source via Browns Jakeem Grant
  • NFL Pushing For One-Year Suspension For Deshaun Watson

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on Tuesday that the league is seeking a tougher penalty for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson because his actions were "egregious" and "predatory behavior." The league formally appealed Watson's six-game suspension last week, which was given by disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson earlier this month. The NFL is seeking a suspension of at least a year for Watson. It's unknown when former New Jersey attorney general Peter C. Harvey will make a ruling on the appeal. Watson was accused of sexual assault and other inappropriate conduct during massage sessions in civil lawsuits filed by 25 women. There's a chance this ends up playing out in federal court, but Watson will miss at least the first six games of the 2022 season, making him an extremely risky fantasy QB this year.

    Aug 9 · Source via Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Jakeem Grant Sr. Feared To Have Suffered Torn Achilles

    Cleveland Browns All-Pro returner and wide receiver Jakeem Grant Sr. (Achilles) is feared to have torn his Achilles in training camp practice on Tuesday. He will undergo tests to confirm after he was carted off the field on Tuesday. This will be a big blow to Cleveland's special teams unit this year as well as their receiver depth. The 29-year-old speedy wideout was looking for a role on both special teams and as a pass-catcher in his first year with the Browns after catching 11 of his 17 targets for 132 yards and two touchdowns in 2021 with the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears. He was a Pro Bowler last year for his work as a returner, handling 23 kickoff returns for 539 yards and 26 punt returns for 309 yards and one touchdown.

    Aug 9 · Source via Browns Jakeem Grant
  • Unknown If Deshaun Watson Will Play Friday

    Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski has a plan for quarterback Deshaun Watson and the rest of the team's QBs for the team's preseason opener on Friday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he hasn't told them yet and won't tell the media. It's unclear if Watson will play. NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson handed down a six-game suspension for Watson, but the NFL has appealed and is seeking a full-season suspension, which could result in the case moving to federal court. It's anyone's guess as to how much he'll play in the preseason, but it doesn't really mean much in the grand scheme of things for fantasy. With at least a six-game ban for Watson in 2022, he's a low-end QB2, at best in upcoming fantasy drafts.

    Aug 9 · Source via Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Kareem Hunt Participates In Team Drills On Sunday

    Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt was spotted doing 11-on-11 work during Sunday's practice. The veteran didn't participate in team drills over the last few days and recently requested a trade. However, with the Browns denying the demand, it appears Hunt has already raised the white flag. Although the 27-year-old is listed behind Nick Chubb on the depth chart, a spot he's very familiar with, he has historically been a relatively reliable PPR option due to his pass-catching ability. Still, he's dealt with injuries and off-the-field issues over the years, which remain concerns for fantasy managers heading into the 2022-23 campaign.

    Aug 7 · Source via Browns Kareem Hunt
  • Kareem Hunt Has Trade Request Denied

    Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt shocked many when he decided to request a trade from the organization. He started skipping team drills in camp while he seeks a new contract. The organization has responded by fining Hunt and declining his request for a trade. This ultimately might backfire on Hunt since the Browns do have depth at the running back position. Nick Chubb is a stud and D'Ernest Johnson has proven himself to be a capable option. The Browns would likely move Hunt if the team received real assets in return. However, it seems unlikely that the Browns are going to move Hunt just because he requested a new deal.

    Aug 7 · Source via Browns Kareem Hunt
  • David Bell Could Play In Preseason Opener

    Cleveland Browns rookie third-round wide receiver David Bell (foot), who returned from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Saturday, won't be ruled out from playing in the team's preseason opener next Friday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. "He's really intelligent," head coach Kevin Stefanski said of Bell. "He had a nice spring for us, moved him around in our formation and he picked it up pretty quickly. So we're excited about getting him back out here. Like anything, I want him to catch up real fast, and I know he does too. So he's excited to be back out here." Amari Cooper is Cleveland's clear No. 1 receiver, but Bell has an opportunity for a big role in his first NFL season. The 21-year-old will be catching passes from quarterback Jacoby Brissett for at least the first six games of the year, though, putting him off the fantasy radar in most standard-sized leagues to begin 2022.

    Aug 7 · Source via Browns David Bell
  • Kareem Hunt Asks For A Trade

    Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt, who is seeking a new contract as he heads into the final year of his current two-year, $13.25 million deal, has requested a trade. However, the Browns have already told him they won't trade him. Hunt hasn't taken part in team drills at training camp in the last two days as he "holds in" for a new deal. The 27-year-old only played in eight games last year due to an injury, but he rushed for 841 yards and six touchdowns on 198 carries and caught 38 passes for 304 yards and five more scores in 2020. Hunt doesn't have much leverage as he asks for a new deal while also taking part in individual drills this summer. If he stays in Cleveland for the 2022 season, he'll be an RB3/flex option with more upside in PPR leagues while working behind Nick Chubb.

    Aug 7 · Source via Browns Kareem Hunt
  • Kareem Hunt Not Participating In Team Drills

    Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt will not participate in team drills. The veteran is determined to receive an extension and has reiterated multiple times he will only perform individual sessions until then. Hunt's agent was reportedly at the Browns' facility recently for negotiations, although it's unknown how close the sides are to an agreement. The 27-year-old would like to remain in Cleveland. However, a trade also hasn't been ruled out. Nevertheless, despite being involved in a timeshare with Nick Chubb, Hunt has been a potent PPR fantasy producer over the years when available. He's battles injuries and off-the-field issues. Yet, no matter where he suits up this season, he should continue to be a reliable fantasy option as long as he stays healthy.

    Aug 6 · Source via Browns Kareem Hunt
  • David Bell Comes Off PUP List

    The Cleveland Browns activated rookie wide receiver David Bell (foot) off the Physically Unable to Perform list on Saturday. The third-round pick out of Purdue was a consensus All-American in 2021 and is an intriguing prospect that could earn playing time early as a slot option for the Browns with Jarvis Landry now in New Orleans. Bell is returning from a stress fracture in his foot, so he's likely to be eased into training camp practices. Amari Cooper will be the team's clear No. 1 receiver, but Bell and Anthony Schwartz (knee) have opportunity to take on big roles this season, albeit in a run-first offense that will be without quarterback Deshaun Watson for at least six games. Bell probably will be left to the waiver wire in standard 12-team leagues to begin the season, but he's one to watch as the year progresses.

    Aug 6 · Source via Browns David Bell
  • Bears, Browns Sign Two Former USFL Stars

    Two star defenders from the 2022 United States Football League’s inaugural season signed NFL contracts today. DeMarquis Gates, considered one of the top linebackers in the USFL this spring, has signed with the Bears, according to Matt Lombardo of Heavy Sports. Edge rusher Chris Odom, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year for the USFL, […]

    Aug 5 · Pro Football Rumors Bears Browns
  • 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
  • Amari Cooper Returns To Practice Wednesday

    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle) returned to training camp practice on Wednesday and is taking part in individual drills. Cooper didn't participate in practice on Tuesday after tweaking his ankle on Monday. It's good news that he's already back, as the Browns' thin receiving corps is already without rookie David Bell (foot) and Anthony Schwartz (knee) in camp. Cooper will be the team's unquestioned No. 1 receiver in his first year in Cleveland, but he won't have quarterback Deshaun Watson throwing him passes until Week 7, which will put a dent in his fantasy upside early on. Fantasy managers should consider drafting the 28-year-old as a low-end WR2 this year.

    Aug 3 · Source via Browns Amari Cooper
  • Amari Cooper Dealing With Ankle Injury

    Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said that wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle) will not practice on Tuesday but he'll be back on the practice field soon at training camp. Cooper tweaked his ankle in practice on Monday. It doesn't sound like the 28-year-old's injury is very serious, so fantasy managers shouldn't have any concerns about drafting him. However, the Browns wideouts are extremely banged up in training camp, with David Bell (foot) and Anthony Schwartz (knee) also sidelined. Cooper will be the team's unquestioned No. 1 wideout in his first year in Cleveland, and although quarterback Deshaun Watson is suspended for the first six games of the season, Cooper will be a low-end WR2 in fantasy drafts this fall.

    Aug 2 · Source via Browns Amari Cooper
  • Browns Activate OT Jack Conklin, Shuffle Receivers

    After missing ten games last season with two separate injuries, Browns offensive tackle Jack Conklin has been activated from the physically unable to perform list, according to Nate Ulrich of USA Today. Conklin’s return to the field ensures that Cleveland will field all but one starting offensive linemen from last season.  Conklin had two separate […]

    Aug 1 · Pro Football Rumors Browns Isaiah Weston
  • 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
  • Browns Unlikely To Re-Sign C J.C. Tretter

    The Browns released center J.C. Tretter in March, and he has lingered on the free agent market ever since, with no concrete reports of interest in his services. However, even if Cleveland was able to re-sign its five-year starter to a team-friendly pact, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com does not envision such a reunion. Per […]

    Jul 31 · Pro Football Rumors Browns
  • Isaiah Weston Carted Off Field On Saturday

    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Isaiah Weston (knee) was carted off the field during training camp on Saturday. While the exact nature of the knee injury isn't known, it's not good news for the undrafted rookie. Nonetheless, with the Browns already dealing with the absences of Anthony Schwartz (knee) and David Bell (foot), Weston may be in line for an increased role moving ahead. However, if the ailment is severe, his fantasy stock will drop even lower, if that's possible.

    Jul 30 · Source via Browns Isaiah Weston
  • 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
  • Anthony Schwartz Injured On Thursday

    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Anthony Schwartz (knee) exited practice on Thursday after injuring his left knee. The 21-year-old is no stranger to injuries, battling a hamstring issue throughout the last offseason and training camp. He also missed three games in 2021-22 due to a concussion. He will be evaluated further in the coming days. However, if Schwartz misses time moving forward, Donovan Peoples-Jones may separate himself even more from the other young wideouts in the receiving corps.

    Jul 28 · Source via Browns Anthony Schwartz
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