When will Deshaun Watson return from suspension? Here's the week Browns QB can come back from NFL ban

The factory of sadness is open for business.

The Browns are 1-1 and will have to continue to navigate the vast majority of the 2022 NFL season without quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Infamously, Cleveland traded for the quarterback this past offseason,

and then signed him to a mega-extension, despite Watson being embroiled in sexual misconduct civil cases and facing a suspension from the NFL.

After months of legal proceedings and back-and-forth between the league, Watson and the NFLPA,

the passer was handed a lengthy suspension in August, ending a yearlong saga that will keep him off the field for almost two years.

Here's how long Cleveland will be without their franchise QB hopeful:

When will Deshaun Watson return from suspension?

Watson can return from suspension in Week 13 (Dec. 4), coincidentally (or not) to face off against his former team, the Houston Texans. The game is scheduled to take place in Houston.

Watson has not been allowed to practice with the Browns since Aug. 30. He can return to the team's training facility Oct. 10 and resume practicing Nov. 14 before he is officially reinstated.

Deshaun Watson suspension timeline On Aug. 18, the Browns quarterback and the league agreed to an 11-game suspension beginning in Week 1 vs. the Panthers. As long as he stays healthy and out of further legal issues, he can return to the field in Week 13.

Watson's suspension puts Jacoby Brissett under center for the majority of the season. Watson will be off the field for the following regular season games:

Week 1: at Panthers (26-24, win) Week 2: vs. Jets (31-30, loss) Week 3: vs. Steelers Week 4: at Falcons Week 5: vs. Chargers

Week 6: vs. Patriots Week 7: at Ravens Week 8: vs. Bengals Week 9: Bye Week 10: at Dolphins Week 11: at Bills Week 12: vs. Buccaneers

The 11-game suspension was agreed on by both the NFL and the NFLPA, after legal proceedings and a dropped appeal by the league.

It's unclear where exactly the 11-game number came from, but it's longer than the original six-game suspension that was decreed by Judge Sue L. Robinson, the independent arbiter overseeing the disciplinary hearings for Watson.

The NFL dropped its appeal of Robinson's decision and agreed to the 11 games. Watson also has to pay a $5 million fine and has to undergo counseling as part of his punishment.


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