The NFL apparently doesn’t want Deshaun Watson to play the week 13 game vs the Texans.
Earlier this week, the NFL announced that they would appeal Watson’s six-game suspension handed to him by disciplinary Sue L. Robinson and were looking to suspend him for a year.
“The NFL notified the NFLPA that it will appeal Judge Robinson’s disciplinary decision and filed its brief this afternoon. Commissioner Roger Goodell will determine who will hear the appeal.”
According to Robinson’s report, the NFL argued Watson should be suspended for at least the entire 2022 season. Robinson, however, wrote that she was “bound ‘by standards of fairness and consistency of treatment among players similarly situated'” in her decision.
NFL Network’s Judy Battista reported Wednesday, citing a source familiar with the appeal, that the league again is seeking a one-year suspension for Watson. NFL Network’s Steve Wyche reported Wednesday that the league could also seek a player fine and/or player treatment.
According to NFL insider Charles Robinson, the NFL doesn’t want Watson to play against his former team.
This is correct from @AlbertBreer,” Robinson tweeted. “I have also heard from sources that the #NFL and Roger Goodell specifically doesn’t want Watson playing in the Houston game in week 13. Which lines up with the league previously circling a 12 game suspension in (very limited) settlement talks.”
This is correct from @AlbertBreer. I have also heard from sources that the #NFL and Roger Goodell specifically doesn’t want Watson playing in the Houston game in week 12. Which lines up with the league previously circling a 12 game suspension in (very limited) settlement talks. https://t.co/4AmPMemC9M
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) August 3, 2022
Before Watson’s six-game suspension was announced, it had been reported that the NFL had tried to negotiate a 12-game suspension with Watson, but he turned it down.