Deshaun Watson Update: When Will QB Return And Be Back With Browns?

Written By Matt Burke on November 23, 2022
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Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been in the news for all of the wrong reasons for well over a year. He remains suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy but is set to play later this season for Cleveland. Here we answer the question as to when will Deshaun Watson return and be back on the field for the Browns. We will also go over how long his suspension is and cover the latest news on him and the Browns.

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When will Deshaun Watson return and be back with Browns?

One of the major offseason storylines in the NFL centered around how long the suspension for Deshaun Watson would last. The NFL and the NFLPA reached a settlement back on August 18 for Watson to serve an 11-game suspension without pay. As for when will Deshaun Watson return and be back on the football field for the Browns, he is set to make his debut for the franchise on December 4. The Week 13 game will take place in Houston, the place Watson called home for five years, as the Browns will square off against the Texans. Here is the timetable for Watson’s return to the field with the stretch of games he is poised to play in, barring injury.
  • Week 13: Sunday, December 4 Browns vs. Texans
  • Week 14: Sunday, December 11 Browns vs. Bengals
  • Week 15: Sunday, December 18 Ravens vs. Browns
  • Week 16: Saturday, December 24 Saints vs. Browns
  • Week 17: Sunday, January 1 Browns vs. Commanders
  • Week 18: Sunday, January 8 Browns vs. Steelers
The Browns’ bye week comes in Week 9 of this season and is sandwiched between games against the Bengals and at the Dolphins. Jacoby Brissett has been the Browns’ starter under center in Watson’s absence.

Watson update

Watson returned to the Browns practice facilities on October 10 and can begin participating in team practices, fully, on November 14. Cleveland’s coaching staff worked in conjunction with Watson’s throwing coach, Quincy Avery, in late August and early September to create “an individualized plan, and throwing scripts, to keep Watson sharp while he’s away from the team,” according to’s Albert Breer. “Watson and Avery will conduct sessions to include field drills, film and board work four days per week,” Breer wrote on September 5.

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Matt Burke is the Sports Editor and Head of Evergreen/SEO Content at He is the Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of MetroBet, a digital and print sports betting platform, and was the Executive Sports Editor at Metro US Newspapers (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) from 2014-2020. Matt has covered Super Bowls and Final Fours, and his work has appeared for Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, the Eagle Tribune, Gloucester Daily Times and Newburyport Daily News. Matt is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

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