Deshaun Watson reported to his first training camp with the Cleveland Browns on Friday without knowing how long he will be their starting quarterback. Like one of his passes, Watson’s future remains up in the air.
Pending news on whether the NFL will suspend him for his off-field conduct, the three-time Pro Bowl player arrived at Cleveland’s training facility in Berea along with other quarterbacks and rookies on the team.
The 26-year-old faces a possible suspension from the league for violating its personal conduct policy following allegations from two dozen massage therapists in Texas that he was sexually inappropriate with them during sessions when he was part of the Houston Texans.
Robinson, a retired federal judge in Delaware who spent the past several weeks reviewing his case following a hearing and briefs filed by the quarterback’s legal team, the NFL players’ union and the league itself. follow Twitter Link
The NFL pushed for an indefinite suspension for Watson, who was never criminally charged and has maintained his innocence. Investigative juries in two Texas counties declined to indict him.
There is no definitive timeline for Robinson’s ruling. The Browns have been hopeful of knowing before veterans report next week. Cleveland’s first full-team practice is Wednesday.
Depending on Robinson’s ruling, Watson, who waived his no-trade clause and signed a five-year, $230 million contract with Cleveland in March despite his legal troubles, could miss several games in 2022.
The Browns have made plans in case they miss Watson for an extended period. Veteran Jacoby Brissett will take his place as starting quarterback, and Cleveland signed Josh Rosen on Friday to a one-year contract.
Rosen, 25, is an added safety and has more experience than Josh Dobbs, who is also on the roster.
We have signed QB Josh Rosen
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