Browns QB Deshaun Watson Suspended
The NFL and NFL Players Association agreed to suspend Deshaun Watson for 11 games and to fine the Cleveland Browns quarterback $5 million for violating the NFL personal conduct policy.
Watson also will undergo a mandatory "professional evaluation by behavioral experts and will follow their treatment program," the league said in a news release.
The disciplinary measure stems from accusations of sexual assault and inappropriate conduct Watson faced from more than two dozen women through civil lawsuits.
He has denied criminal wrongdoing, and two grand juries in Texas declined to indict him earlier this year.
Former federal Judge Sue L. Robinson, announced Aug. 1 that Watson would be suspended for six games for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
The NFL appealed Robinson's two days later, seeking a suspension of at least a full season. The players' association did not appeal Robinson's decision.
Watson's suspension will take effect Aug. 30. He will be eligible for reinstatement Nov. 28. The Browns' next game after that will be against the Texans on Dec. 4 in Houston.