2022 training camp questions: Will the NFL appeal Deshaun Watson’s 6-game suspension?


Guess what, people. It’s time for training camp. And that means it’s time for training camp questions. For the first time since 2019, the Pittsburgh Steelers are actually back at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe after being forced to stay in Pittsburgh, where they held their last two training camps inside the formerly known ground. under the Heinz name.

Even though the Steelers are back on very familiar ground, specifically Chuck Noll Field, this is an exceptionally certain training camp. After all, they haven’t had a real quarterback battle in a few decades, but now they have one with Mitch Trubisky, Kenny Pickett and Mason Rudolph.

We have yet another new offensive line, with some incoming veterans in James Daniels and Mason Cole. Myles Jack is inside linebacker, replacing Joe Schobert, and we’ll have to see if Devin Bush can get back to form after last year’s dismal performance.

There’s still so much going on, and boot camp will only create more questions as it goes along, even as it begins to provide answers. We’ll be covering them here on a daily basis for the community”talk to each otheras Linda Richman might say on Coffee Talk.

Question: Will the NFL appeal Sue Robinson’s six-game suspension decision?

For the first time since the most recent CBA installation, Deshaun Watson has asked a jointly appointed disciplinary officer to assess the league’s complaint against him, arguing for an indefinite suspension of at least a year.

Disciplinary officer Sue Robinson determined a six-game suspension was fair, based on precedent, even ruling out that the current case is…unprecedented. Although the CBA appoints a Joint Disciplinary Officer, the appeals process would still be chaired by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The NFL has learned in recent years that public outcry is bad for business and has therefore more readily adapted to the winds of public opinion. The response to a six-game suspension for Watson hasn’t been kind, so many expect the league to actually appeal.

It’s more or less within Goodell’s remit to just drop the discipline he wanted to give in the first place, and he also knows that’s what the public preponderance wants. After all, he is accused of harassing or sexually assaulting dozens of women.

Robinson provided the league with the ammunition it needed. She essentially consented to their entire account of events and even went so far as to describe Watson as ruthless. The only discrepancy concerned the fair punishment of the crime, and even she acknowledged the unprecedented nature of said crime.

The league has until Thursday morning to formally appeal the decision. I imagine once the wheels are in motion it shouldn’t take that long. The Browns already know they won’t have Watson at the start of the season, so that shouldn’t change timelines or plans.


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