The NFL Players Association did not appeal the six-game suspension imposed on the Browns quarterback. Deshawn Watson. So, if the NFL’s appeal doesn’t result in a suspension at all (highly unlikely), Watson will miss the first six weeks of the regular season.
The question is whether he will return in the seventh week to Baltimore. If a longer suspension is placed on him via appeal, and if a lawsuit is filed challenging the league’s process, the earliest he’ll be back is week seven – if the lawsuit produces the desired results.
Until the first week, he can train and play. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Browns plan to use Watson in the preseason. Whether he will play in all three games and how long he will stay remains to be seen.
There is one last thing to remember. An appeal could potentially result in an immediate suspension lasting at least one year. It is possible that a ban of this length will result in an immediate ban on Watson.
The Browns will play the Jaguars next Friday. They host the Eagles and Bears in the second and third weeks of preseason, respectively.