The bad news keeps coming for the Browns: Rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman suffered a broken hand in practice Wednesday, according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. It’s unclear how much time Coleman will miss, but he’ll join quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown as key members of the Browns’ offense who have landed on the shelf in the early going this season.
Coleman, a first-round pick in this year’s draft, was an obvious bright spot for the Browns during their 0-2 start. The ex-Baylor Bear racked up seven catches for 173 yards and a pair of scores, both of which came in the Browns’ 25-20 loss to the Ravens on Sunday. Coleman also had his first 100-yard showing in Week 2, totaling 104 on five grabs.
Prior to selecting Coleman in the draft, the Browns traded down multiple times, going from second to eighth and then to 15th, where they chose the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder. The decision to exit the No. 2 spot cost the Browns a chance to draft ex-North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, who has been a standout with the Eagles thus far.
With both Griffin and McCown injured, the Browns are set to start another member of their 2016 draft class, third-rounder Cody Kessler, at quarterback in Miami this week. The fact that that the Browns will have to force Kessler into action ahead of schedule without their best receiver should only make his debut a more difficult undertaking.
Besides Coleman, Terrelle Pryor and Andrew Hawkins are the only other Browns wideouts who have caught passes this year. Pryor has impressed, having hauled in six throws for 100 yards, while Hawkins has posted more modest totals (three catches, 28 yards).
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