Browns QB Deshaun Watson settles for 11-game suspension

By ROB MAADDI and TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Deshaun 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 Cleveland Browns following accusations of sexual misconduct.

Watson was accused of sexual assault and harassment by two dozen women while he played for the Houston Texans.

The league had sought to ban him for at least one year for violating its personal conduct policy.

As part of the settlement, Watson may return for the Browns' game on Dec. 4 in Houston.

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