Training camps are in full swing this week, but the biggest NFL story of the day centers around Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Watson, who was traded to the Browns earlier this offseason by the Houston Texans, is set to be suspended for at least the first six games of the season for violating the personal conduct policy.
Former federal judge Sue L. Robinson has found that Deshaun Watson violated the personal conduct policy and has suspended him six games, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 1, 2022
The former Clemson star won’t appeal the decision, but NFL Roger Goodell could decide to impose a lengthier suspension.
If the six-game suspension remains in place, the Cincinnati Bengals will have to face Watson twice in 2022 (week 8 and week 14).
And if that ends up being the case, Cincinnati’s defense will be ready.
Bengals defensive end Trey Hendrickson made it clear on Monday that the Bengals will be prepared accordingly for Watson if he plays against Cincinnati in 2022.
“That (Watson suspension) handles itself and we control what we can control,” said Hendrickson. “If he rolls out there, we’ll plan accordingly.”
This is already a heated rivalry. And the presence of Watson, a polarizing player in the NFL, will only serve to make it more intense.
The Bengals, to their credit, aren’t preoccupied with worrying about whether or not Watson plays in 2022. Or how many games he plays. They’re just concerned about getting better during training camp. And they’ll be well prepared for whoever the Browns trot out at quarterback in weeks 8 and 14.
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