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NFLPA files reply to NFL’s appeal of Deshaun Watson suspension

The NFLPA filed its reply brief to the NFL’s appeal of Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension Friday, the union announced. 

On Wednesday, the NFL appealed the suspension handed to Watson, who was accused by at least two dozen women of sexual assault and sexual misconduct. The league is seeking an indefinite suspension that would last a minimum of one year, a source told The Athletic.

On Thursday, reports circulated that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell selected former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey to hear the appeal.

The Cleveland Browns are continuing to split reps at quarterback the same way they have through training camp and Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said that will remain the plan until there is a final decision regarding Watson’s availability this season.

“I think with our plan … we’ll just kind of await clarity on the situation but just continue to move ahead with what we are doing,” he said Friday.

On Monday, Judge Sue L.  Robinson issued her ruling on Watson and recommended a six-game suspension. Robinson’s proposed discipline came after more than a month of deliberation following a three-day hearing from June 28-30.

Ahead of Robinson’s decision, the NFLPA said it would stand by her ruling and called on the NFL to do the same.

Watson’s six-game suspension would make him eligible to play in Week 7, when the Browns play the Baltimore Ravens. That would leave Jacoby Brissett first in line to be the Browns’ starting quarterback after the franchise decided early in the offseason it was moving on from Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in 2018 and the team’s starting quarterback the last four seasons.

Watson has been in training camp with the Browns since July 23 and has been first in every line and every huddle since the team’s first spring practice in May.

Follow our live coverage for the latest news and updates on Deshaun Watson’s suspension.

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