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Source: NFL seeks indefinite suspension for Watson

The NFL is "poised to argue for an indefinite suspension of at least one year" for Browns QB Deshaun Watson at a hearing scheduled to begin Tuesday in front of the league's new disciplinary officer, former U.S. district judge Sue Robinson, according to a source. The league will contend that Watson "violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and should be suspended without pay for at least the entirety" of the '22 season. The NFLPA is "expected to argue" to Robinson for "far less severe discipline against Watson, perhaps seeking no suspension at all." It is "not clear how long the hearing will last or when Robinson will make an initial ruling" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/25).

The NFL is preparing to "make its case for one of the stiffest suspensions in the sport’s history." Sources anticipated that an outcome could come the "week of July 4," more than a year since the first allegations against Watson surfaced (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 6/25). Robinson has "no track record of ruling on cases involving NFL players." A source said that her decision "could come within a week but also might take until training camp." The NFL hopes for "clarity on this case before training camp begins" in late July. Once Robinson rules, Watson will have the "option to appeal." NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "could either rule on that appeal or call on an independent ruler" (ESPN.com, 6/25)

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