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Browns' Deshaun Watson, NFLPA would challenge season-long suspension in court

Yardbarker logo Yardbarker 7/18/2022 Zac Wassink, Yardbarker
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. © Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson.

The NFL and NFL Players Association were scheduled to submit written post-hearing briefs to disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson last Tuesday in the matter involving Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson and allegations of sexual misconduct during massage sessions. 

It's been known since the second half of June that the NFL reportedly requested that Watson be suspended indefinitely and made ineligible to play for at least the 2022 season. The NFLPA, meanwhile, campaigned against the 26-year-old receiving any ban. 

It appears the union is already preparing for a fight just in case. 

According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, the NFLPA and Watson's camp will sue in federal court if the signal-caller receives a full-season suspension either from Judge Robinson's ruling or following an appeal: 

For a piece published earlier on Monday, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk speculated that Judge Robinson's decision could come either this Friday as a "news dump" release made before the weekend or next Monday. Charles Robinson tweeted that the retired federal judge may also be waiting to see if the league and Watson's side can reach some sort of settlement: 

Watson has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and had two grand juries decline to indict him. It was reported last month that his legal team reached settlements with 20 of 24 women suing him over the misconduct allegations. 

The Browns have backup Jacoby Brissett preparing to temporarily replace Watson atop the depth chart in September, if necessary.  

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