Browns head to camp unsure of Deshaun Watson's availability
UPDATED JULY 15, 2022 AT 5:20 PM.
The Cleveland Browns went all-in on controversial quarterback Deshaun Watson. They don't yet know if it will pay off. As Cleveland prepares for training camp, the team still isn't sure if Watson will be available this season.
The three-time Pro Bowler has been accused of sexual misconduct by two dozen massage therapists and an NFL disciplinary officer is in the process of deciding whether he violated the league's personal conduct policy.
Watson makes the Browns a Super Bowl contender if he plays. If he's suspended for multiple games, the Browns will need to get backup Jacoby Brissett ready for the season opener — and maybe more.
An attorney representing 30 women who have accused the Houston Texans of turning a blind eye to allegations that Watson was sexually assaulting and harassing women during massage sessions says they have settled their legal claims against the team.
Tony Buzbee, the women's attorney, said the terms of the settlements reached between each of the women and the Texans are confidential. Buzbee said while only one of the women had filed a lawsuit against the team, the others had also intended to make legal claims against the Texans before the settlements were reached.
In a statement, the owners of the Texans say they hope the settlement will "provide some form of closure to the parties involved, our fans and the Houston community at large."