When asked Wednesday if he expects Watson to play in Week 13, Cleveland general manager Andrew Berry told reporters, “Yes, I would.”
Deshaun Watson of the Cleveland Browns walks off the field during training camp at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus in Berea, Ohio, on Aug. 9, 2022. (Nick Cammett/Getty Images)
Watson was welcomed back to the Browns’ facility on Oct. 10 in order to participate in team meetings and work out in the weight room. He’ll be allowed to practice with the team starting Nov. 14.
Watson is currently serving an 11-game suspension following accusations of sexual misconduct by more than two dozen women.
“It’s been great to have him back in the building,” Berry told reporters. “He’s been focused on working on himself. He’s stayed in great shape, he’s been a part of the meetings, and he’s done everything and more that’s been asked of him. We’ll be excited to have him when he can continue to ramp up football activities and get back on the practice field.”
In October, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Watson has followed all the terms of his suspension ahead of his return.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett has filled in for Watson during his suspension, guiding the Browns to a 3-5 record through eight games.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett warms up prior to Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. (Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
“Jacoby has been everything that we had hoped when we signed him,” Berry said Wednesday, according to Cleveland.com. “I think that he has given us an opportunity and more to win the game in every one of his starts, with maybe save the exception of one.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson warms up prior to a preseason game against the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, on Aug. 27, 2022. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)
“We knew that he was a special guy in the locker room from particularly his time in Indianapolis navigating the two years with [former Colts quarterback] Andrew Luck’s injury and then ultimately his retirement. He has been an excellent addition to our organization, and we couldn’t be happier with what he has provided the team so far.”
The Browns are coming off a win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night and will face the Miami Dolphins in Week 10 following their bye week.
Joe Morgan is a Sports Reporter for Fox News.