Deshaun Watson silent, however Cleveland Browns teammates discuss buzz of return

BEREA, Ohio — Deshaun Watson did not communicate Wednesday, as scheduled.

Talking for him as a substitute, Watson’s teammates praised his expertise and admitted there is a buzz within the Cleveland Browns’ locker room this week heading into Watson’s return to the sector after his prolonged suspension.

“We’re all excited,” stated Browns working again Nick Chubb. “We’ve waited a long time for him to come back.”

Watson simply completed serving an 11-game suspension for violating the league’s private conduct coverage by committing sexual assault, as outlined by the NFL, on therapeutic massage therapists. He additionally needed to pay a $5 million wonderful and endure a compulsory therapy program.

Watson’s return Sunday in opposition to this former staff, the Houston Texans, will mark precisely 700 days since he final performed in a regular-season sport (with the Texans on Jan. 3, 2021).

Watson has been accused by greater than two dozen girls of sexual assault and different sexual misconduct throughout therapeutic massage classes. Over the summer time, he agreed to settle 23 of the 24 civil lawsuits in opposition to him. A twenty fifth lawsuit was dropped by the plaintiff when the decide dominated that her petition needed to be amended together with her identify. Two different girls filed legal complaints in opposition to Watson however did not sue him. On Oct. 13, one other girl filed a lawsuit in opposition to Watson, claiming he pressured her into oral intercourse throughout a therapeutic massage session in 2020.

Two grand juries in Texas declined to pursue legal costs in opposition to Watson earlier this 12 months. Prior to now, Watson has denied any wrongdoing and stated individuals have not been desirous about listening to his aspect of the story.

He nonetheless hasn’t spoken publicly since his suspension was introduced in August.

Watson has been sitting in on staff conferences and understanding on the staff coaching facility since Oct. 10 and has been allowed to follow with the Browns since Nov. 16.

“He’s special — he’s a playmaker,” Chubb stated, when requested how Watson has seemed not too long ago in follow. “He puts the ball exactly where he needs it go. Guys like that. Guys are excited.”

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

Backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett stuffed in in the course of the 11 video games Watson was suspended. The Browns formally added Watson to their 53-man roster on Monday and waived quarterback Josh Dobbs in a corresponding transfer.

“He’s a great player,” Browns cornerback Denzel Ward stated of Watson. “You can’t go wrong with great players.”

Cleveland’s file is 4-7 and the staff is coming off Sunday’s time beyond regulation victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which stored its slim playoff hopes alive.

“There’s an excitement, for sure,” Browns linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah stated of Watson’s return. “We know what he can do with what we’ve seen so far. So looking forward to seeing him [play].”