Another step toward hearing NFL appeal of six-game suspension for Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson took place on Friday afternoon.
The NFL Players Association announced that it had filed a brief in response to the league’s appeal. Friday was the deadline for the NFLPA to file that brief.
The NFL is believed to be seeking an indefinite suspension of at least one year as well as a fine. Sue L. Robinson’s initial decision did not include any monetary penalty for Watson.
Former New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey was selected to hear the appeal of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Harvey served on league advisory committees and consulted with the league on the personal conduct policy that was used to suspend Watson.
The policy calls for an expedited decision on appeal, so Harvey’s decision should come in the near future and provide the Browns with some clarity on when they could have their big acquisition of the year in the roster.