The NFL and NFL Players Association have reached a settlement in the Deshaun Watson disciplinary matter, agreeing that the Cleveland Browns quarterback will serve an 11-game suspension without pay.
Watson will also pay a fine of $5 million and undergo mandatory evaluation by behavioral experts and follow their suggested treatment program. This is in response to the accusations by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct during massage sessions. Watson's suspension takes effect Aug. 30, when NFL teams cut down to the roster limit of 53 players.
He will be eligible for reinstatement Nov. 28 and will be available to play for the Browns again in Week 13, when Cleveland faces his old team, the Houston Texans, on the road.
Jimmy Haslam, co-owner of the Browns, believes that people deserve second chances. Watson will not be playing in the preseason, but Haslam still believes that he deserves a second chance and will be given one with the Browns.