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Browns Announce Deshaun Watson Will Start When Eligible On Dec. 4

Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson.

While the Cleveland Browns are just 3-5 this season, there's hope that the team could still pull off a postseason run.

The Browns just dominated the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football, for one thing.

And they will get Deshaun Watson behind center in about a month.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Browns general manager Andrew Berry said Watson will start in Week 13, the first game he's eligible after serving a 12-game suspension. His return will come against his former team, the Houston Texans.

"Browns Andrew Berry said Deshaun Watson will start the 1st game he's eligible, Dec. 4th in Houston vs. Texans, even though Jacoby Brissett has been 'everything we hoped when we signed him,'" Cabot reported.

Journeyman Jacoby Brissett has started all eight games for the Browns this season with Watson suspended. It's been an up-and-down season for Brissett, but he played perhaps his best game on Monday night when he completed 17 of 22 passes for 278 yards and a touchdown.

Berry complimented Brissett, saying he has been "everything we hoped when we signed him."

No matter how well Brissett plays in the next four games, however, the Browns are going to want to get Watson on the field after signing him to a five-year, $230 million contract during the offseason. 

Watson, who made the Pro Bowl in each of the past three years he has played, has not taken the field since the 2020 season. He's currently suspended for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after being accused of sexual misconduct by a multitude of massage therapists.