Explaining why Texans QB Deshaun Watson isn't on the NFL commissioner's 'exempt list'

Sep 1, 2021

Five months have passed since 22 women filed civil lawsuits against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson alleging sexual assault and harassment. Five months have passed since the NFL opened its investigation into Watson. Five months have been filled with constant national media speculation that the Texans might trade Watson before the regular season begins Sept. 12 against the Jaguars at NRG Stadium.

The NFL’s personal conduct policy gives league commissioner Roger Goodell the ability to place a player on an “exempt list” that essentially puts him on paid administrative leave. Such players don’t count toward a team’s active roster.

Source: Brooks Kubena (Houston Chronicle)