Browns’ Watson exhibiting ‘progress’ in remedy program, sources say

As a part of the situations that enabled Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson to be reinstated and have the ability to play Sunday in opposition to the Houston Texans, he has made what NFL and NFLPA specialists have described as “signs of progress” throughout his obligatory remedy program, per league sources.

Although his 11-game suspension is now over, Watson is predicted to stay in his remedy program with no finish date in sight at the moment, sources instructed ESPN.

“He’s been progressing well and he wants to continue with it, and they feel it’s helping him,” one supply related to Watson’s remedy program mentioned. “It’s just sort of ongoing as needed and it’ll be ongoing until it’s not needed anymore. And I think it’s given him a lot of help and support. But this could take a while.”

This system is taken into account confidential, and Watson didn’t make clear his remedy final week. He declined to handle his remedy throughout his information convention final week main as much as his return to play, however as one supply identified, his “clinician said he shouldn’t comment on his treatment program and he’s not allowed to get into his legal situation.”

Watson was suspended for violating the league’s private conduct coverage by committing sexual assault, as outlined by the NFL, on therapeutic massage therapists. He was additionally fined $5 million and has had to participate within the obligatory remedy program that sources consider has aided him. Watson has been accused by greater than two dozen girls of sexual assault and different inappropriate sexual misconduct throughout therapeutic massage periods. Over the summer season, Watson agreed to settle 23 of the 24 lawsuits in opposition to him. A twenty fifth lawsuit was dropped by the plaintiff when the choose dominated that her petition needed to be amended along with her title. A twenty sixth civil swimsuit was filed on Oct. 13, 2022. Two different girls filed legal complaints in opposition to Watson however didn’t sue him.

Watson, who wasn’t charged criminally, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and mentioned folks have not been curious about listening to his facet of the story. He declined to enter any questions outdoors of soccer this previous week, and now his Browns debut will come precisely 700 days since he final performed in a regular-season sport with the Texans on Jan. 3, 2021.

Some consider the NFL deliberately suspended Watson 11 video games in order that his return might are available in Houston, which might present elevated TV scores. However this sport shall be broadcast to solely 7% of the nation, with play-by-play announcer Spiro Dedes and analyst Jay Feely calling the sport.

The Browns traded for Watson in March, sending the Texans three first-round draft picks. Cleveland additionally signed Watson to a five-year deal value $230 million assured, the richest contract in NFL historical past.

Watson returned to take part in observe with the Browns on Nov. 16 and has been allowed to take a seat in on crew conferences and work out on the crew’s coaching facility since Oct. 10. He’ll turn out to be the sixth quarterback previously 15 seasons to make his debut in opposition to the crew he final performed for, in response to the Elias Sports activities Bureau, and the third to do it this season, becoming a member of Baker Mayfield and Russell Wilson.