Deshaun Watson Avoids Suspension After Referee Incident: What It Means for the Browns
Deshaun Watson of the Cleveland Browns will not face suspension for making contact with an official during the team’s recent game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite shoving a referee in a verbal altercation with Steelers wide receiver George Pickens, the league has announced that Watson will not be fined or suspended.
The decision came after considering the unintentional nature of the contact, as officials sometimes experience incidental contact while maintaining order on the field. The league emphasized that the contact in this instance did not meet the threshold for a foul. This news comes as a relief for the Browns, who have already lost star running back Nick Chubb to a season-ending injury.
Deshaun Watson Takes Responsibility for Browns’ Loss
Despite avoiding suspension, Watson acknowledges that he needs to improve his performance on the field. In the game against the Steelers, he threw a pick-six on the first play and had a fumble returned for a touchdown in the second half. Watson, who has thrown for 389 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions this season, understands that he must elevate his game.
“I feel like tonight was s****y as far as my play,” Watson said. “I put that on me, and I can take the full blame for it. There were plays that we capitalized on and did well, but I need to give my receivers better balls and protect the ball to avoid turnovers like the forced fumble that resulted in a touchdown for the Steelers. It’s on me, and I’ll take the criticism and work to improve.”
Browns Stress the Importance of Ball Security
Following the loss to the Steelers, the Browns’ coaching staff emphasized the need to protect the football. Despite Watson’s turnovers, the entire offense is responsible for ball security. Head Coach Kevin Stefanski highlighted the team’s four turnovers and stressed the importance of not giving away possessions to the opponent. The Browns’ hopes of making the postseason rely heavily on Watson and the entire team’s ability to secure the ball.
With a record of 1-1, the Browns will face the Tennessee Titans in their upcoming game. The team’s success will depend on Watson’s ability to bounce back and limit mistakes, as well as the collective effort to protect the football.
J.R. DeGroote covers the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, and Los Angeles Lakers for Heavy.com. With extensive experience in sports reporting and photography, DeGroote has won numerous state, regional, and national awards for his work. For more information, visit J.R. DeGroote’s profile on Heavy.com.
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