The NFL informed Deshaun Watson and the Cleveland Browns on Thursday that Watson has been suspended 11 games for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Watson has also been fined $5 million.
The discipline was made in an agreement between the NFL and NFLPA.
"As we have previously conveyed, Deshaun and his representatives have abided by the NFL and NFLPA structure awaiting a final decision and we have respected the process," Dee and Jimmy Haslam said. "Now that a decision on discipline has been reached, we understand this is a real opportunity to create meaningful change and we are committed to investing in programs in Northeast Ohio that will educate our youth regarding awareness, understanding, and most importantly, prevention of sexual misconduct and the many underlying causes of such behavior. Since Deshaun entered our building, he has been an outstanding member of our organization and shown a true dedication to working on himself both on and off the field. We will continue to support him as he focuses on earning the trust of our community."
"I'm grateful that the disciplinary process has ended and extremely appreciative of the tremendous support I have received throughout my short time with the Browns organization," Watson said. "I apologize once again for any pain this situation has caused. I take accountability for the decisions I made. My focus going forward is on working to become the best version of myself on and off the field and supporting my teammates however possible while I'm away from the team. I'm excited about what the future holds for me in Cleveland."
The Browns are set to turn to Jacoby Brissett, Joshua Dobbs and Josh Rosen at quarterback while Watson serves his suspension. He is set to return Week 13 against the Texans.