That’s the recommendation made by former federal judge Sue Robinson regarding his civil cases of sexual misconduct.
It’s a light punishment compared to the indefinite suspension the league was pushing for.
However, Watson and the Browns can only celebrate partially because the league can still appeal to Robinson’s recommendation.
Therefore, there’s a chance that he might get a lengthier suspension.
But given the six-game starting point, it’s difficult to see the verdict suddenly going the NFL’s way.
For now, six games is where Watson’s suspension is at.
If that judgment sticks, here are the games that he will miss, as shared by ESPN’s Field Yates.
Deshaun Watson will be suspended for the following games:
Week 1: At Panthers
Week 2: Vs. Jets
Week 3: Vs. Steelers
Week 4: At Falcons
Week 5: Vs. Chargers
Week 6: Vs. Patriots
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 1, 2022
Watson won’t face the Carolina Panthers in Week 1, the New York Jets in Week 2, and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3.
Then, it will be the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4, the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 5, and the New England Patriots in Week 6.
It could be an uphill battle for the Browns especially if Baker Mayfield leads the Panthers to victory against his former team.
The Jets’ rookie haul could also perform well to give Cleveland a tough time.
Likewise, the Falcons could shock the Browns with either Marcus Mariota or Desmond Ridder behind center.
Realistic Outcome For The Browns Without Watson
Given the strength of those six teams, the Browns could give Watson a 3-3 starting record.
It’s difficult to see the Browns defeating the Steelers and the Chargers, especially without Watson.
The defensive units of both teams will give Jacoby Brissett a tough time which limits Cleveland’s scoring opportunities.
Meanwhile, the Patriots also made last year’s playoffs with Mac Jones at the helm.
Getting a .500 record is a nice outcome for the Browns until Watson takes over.