AFC Notes: Deshaun Watson, Browns, Steelers

Deshaun Watson

  •’s Mary Kay Cabot says when Browns QB Deshaun Watson returns in early December, he will automatically take over as the starter no matter how well QB Jacoby Brissett is playing. 
  • Cabot adds Watson has been staying in shape during his suspension and has been completing all the aspects of his NFL-mandated treatment program, which is necessary for reinstatement. 
  • Watson can return to the team facility for meetings on Monday, but he won’t be able to practice until November 14. 


  • Browns HC Kevin Stefanski says that CB Denzel Ward has confusion after sustaining a concussion. (Scott Petrak
  • Stefanski says that he needs to do a better job getting K Cade York shorter field goals, adding he has faith in him making kicks moving forward. (Petrak)
  • Browns QB Jacoby Brissett following the loss: “It’s gonna turn. I trust myself and the guys in the room.” (Petrak)
  • Browns DE Jadeveon Clowney on the Browns’ defense: “Not good. We got the names and the pieces on paper but we got to come out here and put it together. I expect a lot out of this defense. And right now, we ain’t showing up and doing it.” (Jake Trotter)


  • It was confirmed by the Steelers that TE Pat Freiermuth suffered a third concussion in two years, which could see him miss multiple weeks, according to David Chao.
  • Steelers CB Levi Wallace also entered the concussion protocol during the loss to his former team in Buffalo. (Adam Schefter)
  • Steelers HC Mike Tomlin on the loss to the Bills: “No need to sugarcoat it. We got handled today. Nothing mystical about it.” (Brooke Pryor)
  • Tomlin told reporters that the response from QB Kenny Pickett following a low hit was “appropriate.” (Pryor)
  • When asked if he was satisfied with the effort, Tomlin replied: “Satisfied with the effort? We got smashed. What are we doing here, man?” (Judy Battista)

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