Report: No ruling on Browns’ Deshaun Watson coming this week

It appears everyone involved will have to wait until August to learn an update on the status of Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. 

Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press reported Friday morning that “two people with knowledge of the situation” say that NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson will not issue a ruling regarding Watson possibly facing a suspension over allegations of sexual misconduct during massage sessions before the weekend. 

The league previously argued Watson should receive an indefinite ban that would make him ineligible through at least the entire 2022 season. It’s been reported Watson’s camp and the NFL Players Association are willing to fight such a punishment in federal court, if necessary. 

Two grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal charges earlier this year, and he has settled 20 of 24 civil lawsuits brought against him. It’s assumed either side will appeal if Judge Robinson imposes a suspension at some point next month, and her decision could come at any time beyond the weekend. 

This week, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed that backup Jacoby Brissett will start if Watson becomes unavailable for any games. Stefanski later added that Watson has “really thrown himself into” work-related matters amid the uncertainty about his status. 

As of the final Friday in July, Watson is cleared to practice alongside teammates during training camp. Stefanski has suggested the 26-year-old and Brissett will split reps throughout the summer. 

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