CLEVELAND, AP — Deshaun Watson showed up for his first training camp with the Browns on Friday, still unsure how long he’ll be their starting quarterback.
Like one of his assists, Watson’s future remains up in the air.
As he waits to find out if he will be suspended by the NFL for off-court behavior, the three-time Pro Bowler arrived at Cleveland’s training facility in Berea with the team’s other QBs and rookies.
Watson was to undergo a medical examination followed by meetings.
The 26-year-old faces a probable league suspension for violating his personal conduct policy following allegations from two dozen massage therapists in Texas that he was sexually inappropriate with them during sessions while he was playing for Houston.
Watson’s fate is decided by league disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, a retired federal judge from Delaware who has spent the past few weeks reviewing her case following a hearing and briefs submitted by the league. quarterback’s legal team, the NFL Players Association and the league.
The NFL has pushed for an indefinite suspension for Watson, who was never criminally charged and maintained his innocence. Grand juries in two Texas counties declined to indict him.
There is no definitive timeline for Robinson’s decision. The Browns were hoping to find out before the veterans’ report next week. Cleveland’s first full team practice will be on Wednesday.
Depending on how Robinson governs, Watson, who waived his no-trade clause and signed a five-year, $230 million contract with Cleveland in March despite his legal entanglements, could miss several games in 2022.
The Browns have made plans in case they are without Watson for an extended period. Veteran Jacoby Brissett will slip into his starting spot and Cleveland signed Josh Rosen Friday to a one-year contract.
Rosen, 25, is an added layer of security and has more experience than Josh Dobbs, who is also on the roster. Rosen was selected with the No. 10 pick in 2018 by Arizona and went 3-10 in 13 starts as a rookie.
Once the Cardinals decided to take Kyler Murray No. 1 in 2019, Rosen was traded to Miami. He spent last season with Atlanta, appearing in four games.
Even if Watson is suspended, he will be allowed to practice with the Browns. The only thing that could change that is if Robinson stipulates as part of the punishment that he must walk away from the team.
NOTES: The Browns have placed rookie WR David Bell on the active/physically unable to perform roster with a foot injury. He is eligible to be activated when he passes a medical examination. Purdue’s third-round pick, Bell is expected to play an important role this season. … Rookie DT Perrion Winfrey has signed his contract, the last in Cleveland’s 2022 draft class to do so. The former Oklahoma standout is expected to be rotated up front.
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