The Browns offense needs all the help it can get but it is indeed getting a shot in the arm as the (7-1) Kansas City Chiefs roll into town on Sunday.
Wide receiver Rashard Higgins is expected to play according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. He’s missed the last three games with a sprained MCL that has kept him off the field. The Browns offense took a dip in his absence and quarterback Baker Mayfield didn’t have a target to lean on.
Higgins and Mayfield have had an instant connection going back to training camp and the third-year receiver’s production was on pace for a breakout season.
In the team’s first five games, Higgins had 16 catches for 244 yards and a touchdown. Last season in 15 games, Higgins had 27 catches for 312 yards and two touchdowns.
He is listed as questionable and I would expect the offensive staff will likely keep Higgins on a snap count but having him back out on the field should give the offense a boost.
Of course with that boost, another receiver might be down with an injury. Rapoport also reported that rookie Antonio Callaway is also expected to play but he is questionable with an ankle injury he suffered on Thursday in practice.
Callaway will test it during pre-game warmups so it’s unclear as of this writing if he will be able to play.
The fourth-round pick has had his ups and downs during his rookie season, his first year of football in two years after being suspended last season in Florida.
In eight games, Callaway has 21 catches for 236 yards and two touchdowns including a five catch, 36 yard and a touchdown performance last week against Pittsburgh.
He’s also had a tough time catching the football as he has five drops already which are tied for sixth most in the NFL and one behind his teammate Jarvis Landry who is 4th with six drops.
While many are frustrated with his production, you can still see the ability he has to be a receiver in the league for many years to come.
The other players on the Browns injury report to keep an eye on:
- FS Damarious Randall (groin)
- OT Desmond Harrison (illness)
- C JC Tretter (ankle)
- DB Tavierre Thomas (abdomen)
- WR Da’Mari Scott (shoulder)
Linebacker Joe Schobert has already been ruled out with his hamstring injury that’s kept him off the field for now three straight games although interim head coach Gregg Williams told reporters that Schobert is getting closer to return.