A broken hand in September 2016 sidetracked Corey Coleman‘s rookie season, and some eerie similarities may have the Browns receiving corps in trouble again.
Tests confirmed that Coleman has suffered another broken hand, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Coleman left Sunday’s game early in the fourth quarter after a painful collision with Ravens corner Marlon Humphrey.
A 2016 first-round pick, Coleman again serves as a key component for the rebuilding Browns. Kenny Britt has struggled to acclimate thus far for his new team, and the Browns do not possess much receiving depth beyond those two talents. Coleman caught just one pass for nine yards against the Ravens.
Last season’s broken hand, which occurred during practice, shelved Coleman for six weeks, derailing a potentially promising season after the Baylor product started strong. He returned to play and finished with a 10-game season, hauling in 33 receptions for 413 yards and three touchdowns.
The Browns did trade for Sammie Coates and claimed Seahawks preseason standout Kasen Williams on waivers. Second-year player Rashard Higgins led Cleveland in receiving on Sunday. The Browns will likely move to add another receiver to the fold, but they’ll be hard-pressed to find one with as much upside as Coleman at this stage of the year.
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