He’s back! Sort of…
Quarterback Deshaun Watson is officially allowed back in the Cleveland Browns facility for the first time since August 30th. The question is what exactly can Watson do in the facility and what is he not allowed to do?
Well, Watson can’t practice with the team until November 14th. This is because he won’t be able to play until Week 13 when the Browns are in Houston against the Texans. That will be when his 11-game suspension is complete.
What Watson can do at the Browns facility is the following:
Participate in individual workouts. Throwing the football and that type of thing…
Rehab with the medical staff. If he has any issues after a workout or such, he can go to them for assistance.
Meet with non-football staff. Say “what’s up” to a person working in the facility.
Attend meetings. This could be crucial for him to learn more about what the team is planning or working on as a whole moving forward.
Participate in individual workouts with the strength staff. Lifting weights and being coached on it by members of the staff.
Eat meals in the cafeteria. Pizza and Diet Coke. Yum. Just kidding…
Obviously, this is nothing close to actually being back on the field with the team as the starting quarterback to hopefully win some games. Yet, it is a step in the right direction, certainly.
Right now, the Browns are 2-3 with a few of disappointing losses as Jacoby Brisssett being the starting quarterback. These came against the Jets, the Falcons and the Chargers just last Sunday. The team must be in a good position (6-5 WORST CASE) when Watson comes back for the final six games of the season in order to have a chance to make the playoffs. That remains to be seen with those aforementioned three losses being a huge hindrance…
It’s nice for Watson to be able to interact amongst various people within the Browns facility now. For the remainder of the season, he just needs to make sure to carry himself in a manner where there is no possibility for more controversy moving forward.
Looking ahead, the Browns face the Patriots (2-3) at home this coming Sunday, followed by two divisional matchups against the Ravens on the road and at home versus the Bengals. After the bye week, the team battles Miami on the road, Buffalo on the road and at home against Tampa Bay. This all leads up to the game where Watson is able to return in Houston.
No, it’s not going to be easy. But, welcome back, Deshaun Watson.