Deshaun Watson's Browns debut will come vs. Texans

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With the NFL and Deshaun Watson reaching a settlement in regards to his punishment Thursday, we now know what team the embattled quarterback will make his Cleveland Browns debut against.

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Watson and the NFL agreed to an 11-game suspension, which will also see him pay a $5 million fine and undergo a professional evaluation and subsequent treatment.

With that finality, Watson is slated to make his Cleveland debut in Week 13 -- the suspension is 11 games, not 11 weeks, so it includes a bye week. He'll make his first appearance as a Brown against the Houston Texans, the team he spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with. The game is slated to take place at NRG Stadium in Houston, with a 1:00 ET kickoff on CBS.

The Browns acquired Watson and a sixth-round pick in 2024 in exchange for three first-round picks, two fourth-round picks and a third-round pick. On the way in the door, Cleveland signed Watson to a five-year/$230 million deal, which is fully guaranteed.

After being selected with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Watson tossed 104 touchdowns to 36 interceptions in 54 starts for the Texans. Watson asked to be traded after Houston went 4-12 in 2020, before a barrage of sexual misconduct allegations put his career on hold.

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