The verdict on Deshaun Watson is out although there could be stiffer sanctions ahead. The NFL has filed its appeal and it appears that the preliminary suspension will not do.

According to several reports, the NFL is allegedly seeking an indefinite suspension of the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback. Additionally, Watson could be meted a fine which is unknown as of this writing.

Judge Sue L. Robinson ruled to mete Watson a six-game suspension on the 2020 NFL Passing Yards leader. He stands to lose about $345,000 from the $230 million deal that he signed with the Browns.

With the NFL’s alleged stance, a conversation between the league and its camp of Watson is likely to happen. However, it will be recalled that this has been done in the past and nothing prospered.

The NFLPA is also working closely with Watson and his group. Both were not amenable to the suspension of more than six games on the 26-year-old player.

The NFL would allegedly agree to a 12-game suspension plus a fine that could range to about $8 million. So far, the league has yet to assign someone who will preside on the said appeal.

As far as holding an indefinite suspension, the NFL could end up in an even bigger mess. The NFLPA is likely to sue the league, meaning the issue could end up in federal court.

Robinson had already heard the testimonies of four different women in the hearing that started in June. It was also at about this time that the judge concluded that Watson had an egregious pattern of behavior.

It will be interesting how the Browns are treating the Watson situation. Their quarterback situation also hinges on the matter and Cleveland may have to make do with its other play-callers in the mix, namely Jacoby Brissett, Josh Rosen and Joshua Dobbs.

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Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans in action against the Tennessee Titans during a game at NRG Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

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