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panthers Quarterback Baker Mayfield may well open his first season in Carolina against his former team Browns, should he win the starting job over Sam Darnold during training camp. However, the NFL and the players’ union-appointed disciplinary officer, Judge Sue L. Robinson, ruled that after Deshan Watson was suspended for six games to begin the 2022 season, he was probably set to replace him under center. Will not face the person. ,
The proposed sentencing comes after the league’s investigation into sexual assault and assault charges leveled against Brown’s quarterback lasted more than a year. More than two dozen women have detailed graphic accounts of sexual assault and sexual assault that occurred during massage therapy sessions. Accounts have been asked of Watson allegedly refusing to cover up his genitals to “touch” the quarterback. [a plaintiff] with his penis and trying to force her to do oral sex on him. ,
According to ESPN’s Sarah Barshop, both the NFL and Watson will have the option of appealing the ruling, with league commissioner Roger Goodell either making a final decision or calling for an independent ruling. However, if neither side appeals, Watson will miss the first six weeks of the campaign, including a one-week matchup against the Panthers.
Browns coach Kevin Stefansky said last week that if Watson is not available for the start of the year, Jacobi Brissett will serve as the team’s starting quarterback, setting up a potential Brissette vs Mayfield matchup for the competition. The new Panthers quarterback was asked what he thought of that possibility after a training camp practice and shared that he hadn’t thought much about it.
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“That, honestly, is none of my business,” Mayfield said during Monday’s press conference. “I don’t play against another quarterback. It’s the most cliche thing to say, but it’s just the truth. When it comes down to it, I plan the game against their defense. And if I’m playing or not, I’m trying to help this team win. And that’s my mindset going into it. So I have to keep getting better.
“But I’m not focused about the first week right now. … We’ll handle it when it comes, but for now it’s about getting the Panthers better, and our offense just keeps getting better. Is.”
Asked if there were any specific considerations on the proposed suspension for Watson, Mayfield again insisted that his focus was on the Panthers.
“I get paid to play quarterback and lead this team,” he said. “Not to decide on anything other than that.”
No matter who comes on the field to start the game under center for the team, the Browns and the Panthers will be eliminated on September 11.
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