If you entered Sunday expecting a bunch of statements as Deshaun Watson made his return to NFL action, then you very likely find yourself in this weird place of disappointment, puzzlement and eventual clarity.

Watson called Houston home for four seasons, as quarterback of the Texans. It’s also where 24 women filed lawsuits accusing him of sexual misconduct and assault. He returned there Sunday with his new team, the Cleveland Browns, after serving an 11-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

There were no grand protests against Watson or the NFL, which had sought an indefinite suspension of Watson for no less than a year. Instead, it settled on the 11-game ban and a $5 million fine assigned to Watson. There were no displays of ongoing frustration that a Houston-area grand jury elected against bringing criminal charges against Watson, despite the massage therapists’ many accusations against the three-time Pro Bowl passer.

Aside from the chorus of boos the Texans fans rained down on the quarterback during every first-half possession (each growing more faint as the dismal game — a 27-14 Browns win — dragged on), the home crowd displayed little vitriol toward Watson despite his role in altering the course of the franchise. Watson first demanded a trade in January 2021 because of his dissatisfaction with the team’s direction. Then, in March 2021, the first lawsuit was filed against him. The Texans eventually decided to bench him for the 2021 season before trading him to the Browns in March 2022.

And when he finally returned to the field Sunday, Watson made no meaningful statements. Not with his play, or with his words.

Displaying every bit of the 700 days worth of rust built up since he last played, the quarterback led just two scoring drives. Both possessions climaxed with a pair of 40-plus-yard field goals from Cade York, and Watson completed just 12 of 22 passes for 131 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception.

And although given the chance to convey remorse for the alleged actions that led to the suspensions or to share lessons learned from counseling (one of the terms of his reinstatement), Watson, who has always maintained his innocence but did reach financial settlements with 23 of his accusers, declined.