It’s finally decision time.
After weeks of deliberation and months of speculation, the NFL reportedly is expected to hand down a suspension on Monday for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson.
CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson first reported the news.
Retired federal judge Sue L. Robinson has been tasked with making the ruling after Watson violated the league’s personal conduct policy. Either the league or the player’s association can appeal the suspension to commissioner Roger Goodell after Robinson’s ruling, but the NFLPA announced Sunday that it would stand by the decision.
The 26-year-old Watson has been accused of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior by 25 women in civil lawsuits, with the alleged misconduct taking place at massage sessions between March 2020 and March 2021. One of the lawsuits was dropped in April, and 20 of the remaining 24 lawsuits were settled, leaving four unresolved cases that will likely go to trial next year.
According to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, the Browns are expecting the suspension to be between four and eight games.
If Watson is suspended, backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett is expected to take over in his absence.