Currently, Deshaun Watson is suspended for the first six games of the NFL regular season.
Depending on the outcome of the NFL’s appeal of Judge Sue L. Robinson’s ruling, Watson could be out longer than that. The league would request an indefinite suspension.
Although Watson is unavailable to start the regular season, he can train and play with the team in pre-season. Watson was active throughout training camp and the Browns would use him in preseason games.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk covered the team’s apparent plans tonight.
“According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Browns plan to use Watson during the preseason,” Florio said. “Whether he plays in all three games and the extent of his playing time remains to be seen.”
Cleveland opens preseason play in Jacksonville next Friday. They will then play at home against Philadelphia on August 21 and against the Bears on August 27.
Unless the NFL call results in an immediate ban on team activities, expect to see Watson on the field in at least one, if not all three, of those games.