As a result of talks between NFL players’ unions and the NFL, the National Football League (NFL) has agreed to suspend Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson for 11 regular-season games and fine him $5 million. In addition, Watson will be subjected to “a professional evaluation by behavioral experts and will follow their treatment program,” according to the agreement.


The NFL had earlier decided it would appeal a decision by former federal judge Sue L. Robinson to sit Watson out for six games. This was after he violated the league’s conduct policy during his time with the Houston Texans.


At least a full-season suspension had been sought by the league.


On Thursday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said: “Deshaun has committed to doing the hard work on himself necessary for his return to the NFL.”


“This settlement requires compliance with a professional evaluation and treatment plan, a significant fine, and a more substantial suspension.”


A written ruling by Robinson cited Watson’s “lack of expressed remorse” for the discipline she chose.


In a statement released by the Browns QB on Thursday: “I’m grateful that the disciplinary process has ended and extremely appreciative of the tremendous support I have received throughout my short time with the Browns organization.”


“I apologize once again for any pain this situation has caused. I take accountability for the decisions I made.”


At the time of the settlement, Watson was awaiting the ruling of ex-New Jersey Attorney General and federal attorney Peter Harvey, who Goodell appointed to hear his case.


Last season, Watson did not play for the Texans. However, Watson did take part last week in the Browns’ first preseason game.


According to the NFL, Watson would be qualified to return to play in week 13 against his ex-team, the Texans.

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