Jadeveon Clowney says Browns are fighting to be in a good position when Deshaun Watson is eligible to play
BEREA — Quarterback Deshaun Watson will join his teammates for practice on Wednesday for the first time since his 11-game suspension began Aug. 30.
Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is looking forward to that, but is targeting Watson’s return to action Dec. 4 in Houston against the Texans. Watson and Clowney were teammates with the Texans for two seasons, and Cleveland’s trade for Watson in March was a big reason Clowney re-signed.
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“I waited, we are still waiting. I’m ready to play with him,” Clowney said Friday. “I’ve played with him before, he’s a big energy booster for a team, he can go out there and make crazy throws, make plays and I think when he comes back we can open our book. game with him a little different.
“It will be exciting to see when he comes back. I’m just ready for it. See how it goes. We must be in a good situation when he comes back. So that’s what we’re fighting for right now. »
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The Browns are 3-5 heading into Sunday’s road game against the Dolphins and have three more games before Watson’s return. Every win before that would bolster their playoff chances and take the pressure off Watson, who will have gone 700 days between regular season appearances.
“We have to win whether he comes back or not,” defensive end Myles Garrett said. “Anything can happen, praying to God he’s healthy and okay when he comes back, but I don’t plan on handing him over to anyone.
“He’s coming back to us, so we’re all going to do our part and he’s going to come in and do an exceptional job, and we fully believe in that. But we have to win to win, want to be big and do great things for the good of this city. Not just for him to come back.
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Watson’s settlement with the NFL reached on August 18 stipulated that he serve an 11-game suspension, pay a $5 million fine, and undergo psychological evaluation and treatment. He has been accused by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions.
He was cleared to return to Browns headquarters on October 10. He can participate in meetings and train with force personnel, but cannot attend practices or matches.
That will change next week as he is allowed to train. The Browns will need to prepare Jacoby Brissett to start the next two games while preparing Watson for his return.
“I spoke to the guys. We kind of have a plan moving forward,” said coach Kevin Stefanski, who was not ready to reveal details. “Deshaun is a very, very good teammate. It was great to have him back in the building and in the meeting rooms. This is the next step in this area where he can go out and train.