Los Angeles Times

NFL wants Watson banned for a year

- Wire reports

The NFL wants an indefinite suspension of at least one year plus a fine in appealing a disciplina­ry officer’s decision to suspend Cleveland Browns quarterbac­k Deshaun Watson for six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, a person familiar with the filing told the Associated Press.

The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the matter isn’t public knowledge, also said Watson would be required to undergo treatment before he could be reinstated. The league initially recommende­d an $8 million fine and asked during settlement negotiatio­ns for at least a $5 million fine plus a 12-game suspension that never materializ­ed, another person involved in the talks told the AP.

The NFL’s appeal gives Commission­er Roger Goodell or someone he designates authority to impose a stiffer penalty. League spokesman Brian McCarthy said it was still to be determined whether Goodell or someone else would hear the appeal.

Former federal judge Sue L. Robinson issued her ruling Monday after Watson was accused by two dozen women in Texas of sexual misconduct during massage treatments while he played for the Houston Texans.

The Dallas Cowboys and four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr, a former UCLA standout, agreed to a one-year deal . ... New Orleans Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu reported for training camp and participat­ed in practice drills in his No. 32 jersey after missing the first six practices in being excused for what the team described as a personal matter. ... Arizona Cardinals receiver Marquise Brown was arrested and charged with criminal speeding.

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