Cleveland Browns GM: ‘Plan in place’ for Deshaun Watson’s in-season massage treatments

FILE - Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson looks to throw during NFL football practice...
FILE - Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson looks to throw during NFL football practice in Berea, Ohio, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, that Watson has reached a settlement with the NFL and will serve an 11-game suspension and pay a $5 million fine rather than risk missing his first season as quarterback of the Browns following accusations of sexual misconduct while he played for the Houston Texans. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)(AP)
Published: Aug. 19, 2022 at 11:36 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Leaders from the organization said there has been “a plan in place” for Deshaun Watson’s massage treatments with team therapists since the Cleveland Browns acquired the quarterback.

“I will be honest, in terms of the soft-tissue work and massages, that is something that we have had a plan in place since the start of the transaction,” Cleveland Browns executive of football operations and general manager Andrew Berry said. “That is not something that is new now because year-round, athletes need that type of soft-tissue work as they train and prepare for the upcoming season. That is something that has already been implemented in place for the past couple of months.”

Berry’s remarks came on Thursday shortly after the NFL announced an 11-game suspension for Watson.

The 26-year-old quarterback joined Berry and Cleveland Browns team owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam to answer questions from the media in Berea before hosting a joint practice with the Philadelphia Eagles.

“We have a plan as an organization, and we have just have to keep attacking that plan, pushing forward and making sure we are all on the same page,” Watson said.

“It is fair to say it is team approved,” Jimmy Haslam added.

According to

  • Aug. 30 - Watson’s suspension takes effect.
  • Oct. 10 - Watson can return to the team’s facilities.
  • Nov. 14 - Watson can resume practice with the Browns.
  • Nov. 28 - Watson can apply for reinstatement, making him eligible to return to play in week 13 against his former team, the Houston Texans.