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NFL Releases Statement To Address Deshaun Watson Ruling

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This Monday morning, the disciplinary officer in charge of Deshaun Watson's punishment announced her decision. The Cleveland Browns quarterback will serve a six-game suspension to begin the 2022 season. 

However, there is still a chance the NFL appeals the decision to try and lengthen Watson's punishment. Recent reports have suggested Roger Goodell and League officials prefer a suspension closer to a full season. 

The NFL has three days to decide whether or not it'll officially appeal. In the meantime, the League released an official statement to address the Deshaun Watson ruling this Monday afternoon. 

"We thank Judge Sue L. Robinson, the independent disciplinary officer, for her review of the voluminous record and attention during a three-day hearing that resulted in her finding multiple violations of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy by Deshaun Watson," the statement reads. "We appreciate Judge Robinson's diligence and professionalism throughout this process.

"Pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the NFL or the NFLPA on behalf of Watson may appeal the decision within three days. In light of her findings, the league is reviewing Judge Robinson's imposition of a six-game suspension and will make a determination on next steps."

The NFL has some work to do here. 

If the League appeals, it's suspected it'll try and lengthen Deshaun Watson's six-game suspension. If the NFL decides not to appeal, the six-game suspension will remain intact. 

Currently, Watson will be eligible to play for the Browns in Week 7 when they clash against the Baltimore Ravens.