Are the Cleveland Browns attempting to compel the NFL act on the Deshaun Watson decision sooner somewhat than later? Reportedly, at this cut-off date, the team intends to play its soon-to-be-suspended starting quarterback in the primary preseason game.
Historical precedent suggests that players who’ve been handed season-long or indefinite suspensions have had those suspensions begin immediately, in contrast to clearly-defined shorter-length suspensions, corresponding to Watson’s current six-game ban. Such players are permitted engage in all team activities up until the beginning of the regular season.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has already gone on public record in stating that the league is indeed continuing to hunt a season-long suspension for Watson, arguing that the evidence demands such a plan of action.
He has appointed a 3rd party, Peter Harvey, to handle the appeal of joint disciplinary officer Sue Robinson’s ruling of six games, and we’re all simply waiting upon the ruling at this point. If it doesn’t are available time before the Browns are set to play, then they’ll play Watson.
We already know that the previous Pro Bowler shouldn’t be going to be available for the primary six games of the season, not less than, because his party didn’t appeal the unique ruling. There is no such thing as a going back from that at this point.
The one outstanding questions are how long he shall be suspended beyond six games, and the way soon the suspension will begin. If the appointee does echo the NFL’s position and agrees that Watson shall be suspended for a full season or more, then we will expect that his suspension will begin immediately.
In keeping with the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the appeal process is to be expedited. Theoretically, we should always be hearing a few ruling any day now. Within the meantime, Watson has been taking nearly all of the first-team reps during training camp while the team also attempts to organize Jacoby Brissett to be the starter for six or more games.
Cleveland plays tomorrow against the Jacksonville Jaguars, so unless the ruling is available in the following day, the Browns are threatening to play probably the most hated man in football at once. I’ll say this: I almost want him to play simply to see what form of reception he receives on the road. This game is in Jacksonville, not Cleveland.