Deshaun Watson set to return to Browns on Monday
Deshaun Watson won’t be able to practice, but he will be allowed back in the facilities in Berea this coming Monday to attend meetings and work out
When the Cleveland Browns made the trade for Deshaun Watson this offseason, they knew he wouldn’t be suiting up for them anytime soon. It took until the preseason to finally figure out when he would be back, and while an 11-game suspension is lengthy, it was huge for the Browns to be able to get him on the field this season.
Also a win for Cleveland is the ability to have Watson return to their facilities well before the suspension ends — and that will take place this Monday. On Oct. 10, Watson will be permitted to attend meetings and work out with the team. While he won’t be allowed to practice, just getting acclimated with his team will benefit him in the long run.
When will Deshaun Watson be able to practice?
Watson will spend just over a month limited at the facility before being able to practice on Nov. 14. While he still won’t be able to return to the field on game day, he can start to shake some of the rust off.
There will be a balancing act here for the coaching staff, however. They’ll want Watson to get some work in, and ideally, that would include throwing to the starters. The problem is, they’ll still be in the midst of a tough stretch of games and Jacoby Brissett is going to need as many snaps as possible to prepare.
When will Deshaun Watson take the field?
Cleveland will travel to Houston for a Week 13 game on December 4th. That will be when Watson is able to play, and it will be against his former team.
The Browns will then have six games with their franchise quarterback under center. Their hope is to still be in contention for a postseason berth but even if that’s not the case, getting Watson some action late in the year as he prepares for 2023 and beyond will be huge.