The Cleveland Browns learned this Monday morning they'll be without Deshaun Watson for the first six games of the 2022 season. That's a significant portion, especially for a team with playoff aspirations.
There have been rumors suggesting the Browns could re-look at the quarterback market to find a new temporary starter for Watson. Perhaps Jimmy Garoppolo could be an option.
However, it doesn't sound like Kevin Stefanski and the Browns are interested in adding any other quarterbacks. He told reporters this Monday afternoon that the team is planning on starting Jacoby Brissett in Week 1.
"Stefanski reiterates the plan is for Jacoby Brissett to start Week 1, but they need to get both QBs ready to play," tweeted NFL insider Tom Pelissero. "'We have a couple plans. We’re going to stick to it until we get more information.'"
It's plausible the NFL appeals the six-game suspension. There have been reports the League would like to see Deshaun Watson sit out the entire 2022 season. The NFL has three days to decide on an appeal.
The Browns, meanwhile, will have to give both Deshaun Watson and Jacoby Brissett ready to start. Splitting first-team reps can prove to disrupt the chemistry of the first-team unit, but the Browns now don't have a choice.
Brissett is expected to start for the Browns until Watson takes over in Week 7.