Deshaun Watson: Cleveland Browns quarterback suspension decision set to come Monday, reports

CBS Sports and ESPN cite sources who say retired judge Sue L. Robinson’s ruling on Watson’s Suspension will be announced on Monday. The NFL is reportedly pushing for a full season suspension.

On Sunday night, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and Watson released a joint statement, saying they will not appeal the decision, and they are calling on the NFL to do the same.

“Prior to Judge Robinson’s decision, we wanted to reiterate the facts of this proceeding,” the NFLPA said in a statement. “First, we have fully cooperated with every NFL investigation and provided the NFL with the most comprehensive set of information for any personal conduct policy investigation.

“A former federal judge – jointly appointed by the NFLPA and the NFL – held a full and fair hearing, read thousands of pages of investigative documents and considered both sides’ arguments impartially.

“Every player, owner, business partner and stakeholder deserves to know that our process is legitimate and will not be tarnished by the whims of the League office. That is why, regardless of his decision, Deshaun and the NFLPA will will stand by their decision and we call on the NFL to do the same.”

The NFL declined to comment when asked about the report and joint statement.

If Watson is suspended, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed to reporters that Jacoby Brissett would start for the team. The Browns traded former starter and 2018 NFL Draft No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield to the Carolina Panthers earlier in July. Watson was traded to the Browns in March.

Watson did not play last season while a member of the Houston Texans due to investigations into allegations of misconduct including sexual assault and harassment involving more than two dozen women. Watson has repeatedly denied the allegations against him.

In June, Watson settled 20 of 24 lawsuits filed by women accusing him of misconduct, according to a lawyer for 24 accusers.

In July, 30 women who “made or intended to make claims” against the Houston Texans organization over sexual misconduct allegations against the former Watson, settled their claims, according to a statement from the plaintiffs attorney Tony Buzbee and a statement issued by the ownership of the Houston Texans.