The news we’ve all been waiting for finally dropped early Monday morning. Judge Sue Robinson announced her ruling on Deshaun Watson that he will miss the first six games of the 2022 NFL season. However, Riger Goodell and the NFL filed an appeal and it looks like that suspension will get bigger.
It has been known that the NFL has wanted at least a year suspension since the discipline hearing started. We also found out the two sides tried to settle before Robinson’s decision, but Watson’s camp declined.
During that settlement talk, the NFL wanted a 12-game suspension and a huge fine. There’s a reason they wanted 12 games.
According to multiple reports, the reason the NFL wants Watson out for at least 12 games is that they don’t want him playing in Houston this year.
NFL insiders Albert Breer and Charles Robinson are both reporting this tidbit.
“This is correct from @AlbertBreer,” Robinson tweeted. “I have also heard from sources that the #NFL and Roger Goodell specifically doesn’t want Watson playing in the Houston game in week 13. Which lines up with the league previously circling a 12 game suspension in (very limited) settlement talks.”
As of right now, Watson’s first game will be on October 23 against Baltimore.
If Watson receives a 12-game suspension, he can’t return until Week 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals.