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NFL Releases Friday Statement To Address New Deshaun Watson Lawsuit

Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns

Reports that surfaced around the NFL Thursday indicate that Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is involved in a new lawsuit. 

Watson is scheduled to make his return to football in a few weeks following an 11 game suspension handed out before the start of the 2022 NFL season. 

However, even with the new lawsuit being brought into the fold, the NFL has no current plans to modify or extend Watson's suspension. 

"#NFL's Brian McCarthy:'Watson’s status remains unchanged,'" Mary Kay Cabot tweeted Friday morning. "We will monitor developments in the newly-filed litigation; & any conduct that warrants further investigation or possible addt'l sanctions would be addressed w/in the Personal Conduct Policy."

McCarthy, Vice President of Communications for the NFL, worked closely with the initial Watson investigation that led to the 11 game suspension handed out this summer. 

While the NFL hasn't announced any additional punishment for Watson yet, the message seems to indicate that door has been left open pending further developments in the brand new lawsuit. 

Should Watson's suspension remain unchanged, he will be eligible to return in Week 13 as the Browns take on his former team, the Houston Texans.