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NFL Appeals Deshaun Watson Ruling, Seeks Season-Long Suspension (2022 Fantasy Football)

On Monday, Judge Sue L. Robinson announced her ruling on Deshaun Watson’s suspension. On Wednesday afternoon, the NFL officially appealed that decision.

And according to early reports, the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell are seeking to suspend Watson for the entire 2022 NFL season. Where we go from here remains up in the air, but one this is clear: the Deshaun Watson Saga is far from over.

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Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension being appealed by NFL

The NFL is appealing Judge Sue L. Robinson’s ruling in the Personal Conduct Policy matter regarding Deshaun Watson. Commissioner Roger Goodell will determine who hears the appeal. Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reports the NFL is expected to pursue a significant increase in punishment and could seek to suspend him for the entire season. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is the news that Watson and fantasy managers have been bracing for since the initial ruling was announced on Monday. Commissioner Roger Goodell ultimately has all of the power here. He or a designee will issue a written decision, and that decision is final. The NFLPA and Watson have two days to provide a written response to the appeal, but early indications are that Watson could now miss the entire season. In the event of a season-long suspension, Jacoby Brissett is the favorite to start at quarterback for the Browns.

What Happens Now?

This is where things get tricky. This appeal process is brand new and has never been tested before. As NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero points out below, the NFLPA (presumably once they had a good idea of ​​what the suspension was going to be) called on the NFL and the commissioner’s office to abide by Judge Sue L. Robinson’s decision and no appeal.

If the NFL had not appealed, then Watson would have served his six-game suspension, and this situation would be resolved. By appealing, this can go in a number of directions. Roger Goodell or his designee can significantly increase Watson’s suspension. If they do, Watson could miss the entire season.

But there’s a catch.

Listen to what Pelissero has to say here:

It’s Possible that the NFLPA files a lawsuit and applies for a temporary restraining order that keeps Deshaun Watson on the field while the matter is heard in federal court. And while that remains a possibility, the language in the current CBA clearly states that the NFL has the power and right to overturn, reduce, modify or increase discipline, and such decisions will be final and binding.

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