A broken hand Browns rookie receiver Corey Coleman suffered in practice Sept. 21 has kept the first-rounder out for most of the season, but he’s likely to return Sunday against Dallas.
“He is definitely full go. He did a great job of having a great practice today,” head coach Hue Jackson said Thursday (via Pat McManamon of ESPN.com).
In a season largely devoid of bright spots for the 0-8 Browns, Coleman looked like a find for the club over the first two weeks of the year. The 15th overall pick, an ex-Baylor star, hauled in a combined seven receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns in those matchups. Both scores came in Week 2, when he amassed five grabs for 104 yards.
In his first couple NFL games, Coleman caught passes from quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown. He might add a third signal-caller to the list in as many contests Sunday, as fellow rookie Cody Kessler could return from the concussion he suffered in a Week 7 loss to the Bengals. Jackson will announce Friday whether Kessler or McCown will be under center against the 6-1 Cowboys.
If the promising Kessler starts Sunday, the rebuilding Browns’ passing game could certainly be worthy of attention with him throwing to two other potential long-term building blocks in Terrelle Pryor and Coleman. Pryor is scheduled to become a free agent after the season, though, so it’s possible he and Coleman won’t comprise the Browns’ starting wideouts for long.
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