Unfortunately the wide receiver position took another hit for the Cleveland Browns as second year receiver Corey Coleman broke his hand during Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
It’s the same hand he broke last year in practice following coincidentally a loss to Baltimore. Ian Rapoport reported Sunday night that it’s believed to be a similar injury.
Cleveland.com is reporting that Coleman will need surgery this time on the hand so it’s unclear how long he’ll have sit out.
The injury happened early in the fourth quarter when Kizer threw a deep pass to Coleman.
The pass was incomplete after Coleman went up to get it but was drilled by a Ravens defender. He was seen holding his hand close to his body and looked in obvious pain. He underwent X-rays and declined to speak to the media following the game.
Coleman missed six games last season following the same injury and he came back and finished the season.
It’s a crushing blow for Coleman who seemed to be taking a step forward as a receiver in this league following his performance against Pittsburgh where he had 5 catches for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Coleman only had 1 catch (7 targets) for 9 yards on Sunday against Baltimore.
Now with another injury that’ll force him to miss action, the narrative will probably begin that he’s injury prone because he’s suffered injuries in each of his first two seasons as well as injuries he had during his college time at Baylor.
I disagree with that potential narrative because they’re just freak injuries. Both times he’s broken his hand they were both accidents much like Myles Garrett’s injuries that have happened during his short tenure in Cleveland which unfortunately have sidelined him as well.
For the short term impact, the wide receivers on the roster are going to need to step up. Rashard Higgins already did just that with his 7 catch, 95 yard performance on Sunday after being called up from the practice squad.
Kenny Britt needs to check his ego at the door and start putting a 100% effort out there on the field which he nor Sammie Coates didn’t do on Sunday. It’s two games but Britt is heading towards the same route Andre Rison and Dwayne Bowe took in their short tenures in Cleveland.
I know it’s been said that Coates was seen limping but he looked like he was slowing up on routes where he could’ve easily made plays for help the offense out.
Ricardo Louis will also need to step up to prove his worth of being on the roster and unless they add another receiver, Duke Johnson will likely be a full time receiver.
As for Josh Gordon, it’s still a wait and see approach with him as the NFL didn’t have an update on the suspended wide receiver who’s expected to exit rehab on Friday.
The Browns will need to do something to help make DeShone Kizer feel more comfortable or it’s going to be a long season with no big time weapons to help the kid out.