Retired federal judge and independent disciplinarian Sue L. Robinson ruled on Monday, ESPN reported.
CNN has reached out to the NFL, the NFLPA and the Browns for comment.
Robinson heard Watson’s case in late June and was jointly appointed by both the NFL and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), as per their collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
According to the CBA, either side can now appeal in writing to NFL Commissioner Roger Utdell within three business days. Goodell or his designee “shall issue a written decision that shall contain full, final and complete resolution of the dispute and shall be binding upon the player, pursuant to the CBA.”
On Sunday night, the NFLPA and Watson issued a joint statement saying they will not appeal any decision, and that they are asking the NFL to do the same.
Watson did not play last season while a member of the Houston Texans because of investigations into allegations of misconduct, including sexual assault and harassment, involving more than two dozen women.
Watson, who was traded to the Browns in March, has repeatedly denied the allegations against him.
In June, Watson settled 20 of the 24 cases, according to the attorney for the 24 accused.
In July, 30 women who “made or intended to make claims” against the Houston Texans organization over sexual misconduct allegations against Watson settled their claims, according to a statement released by the claimants’ attorney, Tony Pusbee. By ownership of the Houston Texans.