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20 of the 24 sexual assault lawsuits against Browns QB Deshaun Watson have been settled, attorney Tony Buzbee said Tuesday. The NFL's investigation remains ongoing. The lawsuits being settled "has no impact on the collectively bargained disciplinary process," league spokesman Brian McCarthy said. The Washington Post's Mark Maske reported last week that the league wants this situation settled before the start of training camp.

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Pro Football Talk reports that a decision on punishment for Browns QB Deshaun Watson might still be "weeks" away. A 3-day hearing wrapped up on Thursday night, but Judge Sue L. Robinson, who's overseeing this case and will make the final ruling, has asked both sides to submit written briefs by July 11. Pro Football Talk believes that it might be another couple of weeks after that before Robinson makes a decision. Then there's still a potential appeals process to play out. It's now looking like we might not know Watson's status for the 2022 season until August.

Browns QB Deshaun Watson will have a hearing before NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson beginning Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. There's no official limit to the length of the hearing. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler says it's expected to last 1-2 days. We'll see about the timeline for discipline to be handed down afterward, but it's another signal that such a step is finally approaching.

Pro Football Network reports that the NFLPA has "concern" that the league wants to suspend Browns QB Deshaun Watson for the whole 2022 season, "if not indefinitely." We'll see what finally happens, but we sure seem to be trending toward a decision before the regular season. And anything short of a year seems likely to get the NFL vilified. If you're drafting best-ball rosters right now, it's probably best to just pass on Watson. Of course, his stock is falling everywhere. Watson's currently QB24 in Underdog drafts. So there's obviously fantasy upside to taking a shot if you so choose and he plays at all.

The Washington Post's Mark Maske hears that the NFL is seeking a "significant" suspension for Browns QB Deshaun Watson. A source from Watson's camp believes the league is "probably" aiming for a full-season ban. Watson is now facing 24 sexual assault suits, with 2 more potentially on the way. Maske also reports that the league wants this situation to be settled before the start of training camp near the end of July. Watson's ADP in Underdog drafts has plummeted into the 14th round over the past week.

Browns QB Deshaun Watson is scheduled to meet with NFL officials this week, insider Josina Anderson reports. The Athletic's Lindsay Jones adds that meeting with Watson is one of the last steps in the league's investigation into the sexual assault claims, so it looks like we might be nearing a resolution in that department. (Watson still faces 22 civil lawsuits.). Stay tuned.

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