Ravens coach John Harbaugh ‘not at liberty’ to share opinion on Brown QB Deshaun Watson’s suspension; g ben cleveland practice

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after Monday’s training camp practice his opinion on the NFL suspending Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshan Watson for six matches for violating the league’s personal conduct policy following sexual misconduct allegations. Were “not at liberty” to share.

“It is for the league to decide,” Harbaugh said.

Watson, who was traded from the Houston Texans to Brown in March, has been accused of sexual misconduct by two dozen women in Texas during massage treatments, and she recently settled 23 of 24 civil lawsuits. In a 15-page report, Disciplinary Officer Sue L. Robinson, a former federal judge, said the NFL recommended that Watson be suspended for the entire 2022 season. Robinson said the behavior “was more forceful than it was before the review by the NFL.”

The league has until 9 a.m. Thursday to file a written appeal. The NFL Players Association issued a statement Sunday night saying they stood by Robinson’s decision and expected the league to do the same.

Meanwhile, Harbaugh praised Ravens’ zero-tolerance rule for domestic abuse allegations, which was implemented in 2014 after Ray Rice was arrested and charged with assaulting his then-fiancé.

“We stayed away from that particular situation when we drafted players and signed free agents,” Harbaugh said. “he is [owner] Steve [Bisciotti’s’] decision, and I’m glad we have that policy in place.”

However, in 2018, The Ravens beat Jimmy Smith She “showed a pattern of inappropriate conduct” after the NFL suspended four games after finding evidence of “threatening and emotionally abusive behavior” toward an ex-girlfriend.

If Watson’s suspension remains in place, he will not play until the Browns’ Week 7 matchup against the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 23.

Ben Cleveland practice; Javuan James does not

Ravens second-year left guard Ben Cleveland made his first appearance at training camp on Monday. The 2021 third-round pick missed four of the team’s practices last week while failing the team’s conditioning test and was placed on the non-football injury list.

“He passed it this morning,” Harbaugh said. “He did leg lifts then he practiced in the heat today. He’ll sleep soundly tonight.”

Missing time could prove costly for Cleveland. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Ben Powers is currently leading the job, while Cleveland and Tyre Phillips are in the mix to start at left guard.

However, Cleveland’s comeback was met with a critical absence in a tackle. Harbaugh said Jawuan Gems did not participate in the team’s first padded practice on Monday.

James has played only three games since 2019, as he voluntarily pulled out of the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns, then tore his Achilles in May 2021 before signing a two-year deal with the Ravens.

Harbaugh said James moved well during practice and is learning to adjust to playing left tackle.

Wide receiver Devin DuVernay did not practice Chuck Clarke after injuring thigh from hitting security On a sideline throw in an 11-on-11 period during Saturday night’s open practice at M&T Bank Stadium. Harbaugh said DuVernay’s injury was not serious.

Ronnie Stanley Update

Even though All-Pro offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley has been in training camp signing autographs and chatting with teammates, Harbaugh said it is too early to predict when he will return to the field.

“It’s not going to happen immediately, but he’s feeling good and feeling good,” Harbaugh said.

Stanley is one of six players on the team’s physically disabled-to-perform list as he continues to work back from a left ankle injury he first suffered in November 2020, less than a week later After he signed a five-year extension worth $112.9 million. , He played last year’s season opener before undergoing another surgery on the ankle and missed the rest of the season.

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