CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – Now we know Deshaun Watson’s suspension, but the team needs a quarterback while he’s gone.
Watson reached a settlement with the NFL for an 11-game suspension and a $5 million fine for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after several sexual misconduct accusations. As part of the settlement, Watson may return for the Browns’ game on Dec. 4 in Houston.
FOX 8’s John Sabol reports Watson’s 11-game suspension will begin Aug 30. He can return to the training facility on Oct. 10 and resume practicing on Nov. 14.
At a press conference Thursday, Browns General Manager Andrew Berry wouldn’t say if the Browns will look for outside help. But he did say the team is confident in one of it’s back-up quarterbacks, Jacoby Brissett.
Here are the three backup quarterbacks on the team’s roster:
Head coach Kevin Stefanski said during training camp that Brissett would fill in as Cleveland’s starting quarterback in the event of a suspension. That would put Brissett on the field through Week 6.
Here are the 6 games that Deshaun Watson will miss:
- Week 1: Browns @ Panthers, Sept. 11
- Week 2: Jets @ Browns, Sept. 18
- Week 3: Steelers @ Browns, Sept. 22 (Primetime)
- Week 4: Browns @ Falcons, Oct. 2
- Week 5: Chargers @ Browns, Oct. 9
- Week 6: Patriots @ Browns, Oct. 16
Brissett has been in the NFL since 2016. He was a starter for the Colts in 2017 and 2019. He played with Miami in the 2021 season.
In 2021, he played 11 games for 1283 yards with a 62.7% completion rate, with 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
Josh Rosen is likely the backup for Brissett if he gets hurt. The Browns signed him to a 1-year deal 2 weeks ago.
Rosen is 25 and was selected in the first round by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was traded to the Miami Dolphins in 2019 and later waived. He was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad in 2020 and later picked up by San Francisco. He was signed to the Atlanta Falcons in 2021.
Former Tennessee star Josh Dobbs was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017. He was later traded to the Jaguars, who waived him. Dobbs went back to Pittsburgh in 2020.
He signed a 1-year deal with the Browns in April. He has never been a starter in the NFL.
Watson was accused of sexual misconduct by 24 massage therapists.
Watson, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, signed a five-year, $230 million contract with the Browns after being acquired from Houston in exchange for three first-round draft picks in March. He was a member of the Texans during all of the alleged incidents.
Two separate Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on any of the criminal complaints. He has settled 23 of the 24 civil lawsuits filed against him.