Player News - Browns

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Browns placed WR Corey Coleman on injured reserve with a broken hand.

Coleman underwent surgery on his broken right hand Monday. The second-year pro is expected to be one of the Browns' "return" players. He can resume practicing in six weeks and return to game action in eight. That timeline pretty much takes him off the table as a hold in 12-team leagues, though Coleman should make an impact upon his return. He was off to a solid start, and the Browns have a dire situation at receiver.
Sep 19 - 3:51 PM

ESPN's Browns reporter Pat McManamon expects Ricardo Louis to start opposite Kenny Britt with Corey Coleman (hand) sidelined.

Coleman is likely headed to injured reserve, which means the Browns will have to make due for at least eight weeks. Rashard Higgins was listed as the starter on Cleveland's unofficial depth chart on Tuesday and is the better fantasy bet, but perhaps Louis, who earned some praise in the offseason, can make some noise as well, especially if Britt continues to mail it in.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 11:49 AM

Rashard Higgins is listed as a starter on the Browns' unofficial depth chart.

Team released depth charts do not mean much, but Higgins did play 54-of-71 snaps against the Ravens, 12 more than Kenny Britt. He also turned 11 targets into seven catches for 95 yards. Just promoted off the practice squad on Saturday, there is a risk Higgins recedes into the background even with Corey Coleman (hand) likely headed to injured reserve, but he is worth an add in all leagues. Daily Slant: Higgins is an intriguing GPP option this week against a Colts team that looks like an ideal pass funnel defense to pick on. After facing Todd Gurley and the Cardinals RBs sans David Johnson, the Colts have limited runners to 2.5 ypc (2nd). At the same time, they've allowed 308 passing yards per game (29th) and 9.8 ypa (31st). With the Browns ground game off to a slow start, averaging 3.3 ypc (24th), Higgins could be given ample opportunity to produce against a weak secondary.
Sep 19 - 10:33 AM

Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports Corey Coleman (broken hand) is expected to be placed on injured reserve.

That would cost the receiver at least eight weeks. Coleman was able to come back after just six weeks from a broken hand last season, but this one required surgery, perhaps extending the timetable. Kenny Britt would seem like the No. 1 receiver with Coleman sidelined, but he seems like he does not want to even be on the field right now. Rashard Higgins may end up emerging as the go-to option.
Sep 19 - 9:37 AM

The Browns are hopeful DE Myles Garrett (ankle) can get in some Week 3 practice reps.

Garrett has yet to be formally ruled out for Week 3, but that will happen in the coming days. The takeaway is there's a chance he could be ready for Week 4.
Sep 18 - 3:36 PM

Coach Hue Jackson said the Browns knew about DeShone Kizer's migraine history when the team drafted him.

Jackson said he knew something was wrong on Sunday when Kizer forgot to signal the motion on a play. Kizer said his head was "pounding." Jackson also assured the team isn't worried long-term, and that Kizer's headaches are "sporadic," sometimes going 6-7 months without occurring. Kizer will be under center for Week 3 against the Colts.
Sep 18 - 2:53 PM

Corey Coleman (broken hand) requires surgery, and is out indefinitely.

It's the same (right) hand Coleman broke as a rookie. That break, which healed without surgery, cost him six games. It's unclear if the operation will speed or slow down Coleman's healing compared to 2016, but six games is probably a good baseline. says it will be 6-8 weeks. That makes Coleman a tough hold in 12-team leagues. With Kenny Britt mailing in 2017, the Browns are down to Rashard Higgins as their No. 1 receiver.
Sep 18 - 2:39 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Corey Coleman suffered a broken hand Week 2 against the Ravens.

It was what the Browns feared all along, and tests confirmed the injury on Monday. Coleman missed six games with the same injury last year, so it is likely he is looking at a similar timetable this season. Perhaps the Browns stash him on injured reserve. With Kenny Britt trying his best to get cut, Rashard Higgins may be the Browns receiver to own moving forward.
Sep 18 - 11:25 AM

Rashard Higgins played 54-of-71 snaps Week 2 against the Ravens.

Kenny Britt played just 42 snaps. Higgins also out-played the veteran, turning 11 targets into seven catches for 95 yards while Britt loafed his way to one catch for two yards on two targets. With Corey Coleman expected to miss weeks with a broken hand, Higgins may end up being the Browns receiver to own. He is a must-add in all leagues.
Sep 18 - 10:34 AM

Browns WR Sammie Coates failed to reel in any of his four targets in the team's Week 2 loss to Baltimore.

Yeah, that's about par for the course.
Sep 17 - 7:13 PM

Kenny Britt caught 1-of-2 targets for two yards in the Browns' Week 2 loss to the Ravens.

Britt could be seen noticeably loafing during the game, and gave minimal effort out there. He doesn't seem to be interested in playing for the Browns, even if the Browns need him. That will especially be the case if Corey Coleman indeed has a broken hand, as the team fears. Still, we would have a hard time trusting Britt in any form of fantasy football at this point.
Sep 17 - 7:11 PM

Seth DeValve caught 2-of-4 targets for 61 yards in the Browns' Week 2 loss to the Ravens.

DeValve made a huge play on a 49-yard gain, but he continued to share time with David Njoku. Although the Browns have two young, promising tight ends, they are canceling out each other's fantasy viability while rotating evenly.
Sep 17 - 7:08 PM

David Njoku caught 3-of-4 targets for 27 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' Week 2 loss to the Ravens.

Njoku is still sharing time near-evenly with Seth DeValve, but this was all in all a promising game for the rookie. Njoku scored his first career touchdown on a 23-yard bullet from Kevin Hogan, who played a little over a quarter as DeShone Kizer was sidelined by a migraine. Njoku carries very little re-draft-league appeal, but he is an extremely promising Dynasty league prospect.
Sep 17 - 7:06 PM

Duke Johnson caught 3-of-6 targets for 59 yards and rushed four times for 21 yards in the Browns' Week 2 loss to the Ravens.

Johnson didn't exactly light up the box score, but his usage was more promising this week than last. The Browns gave him change-up carries behind Isaiah Crowell in addition to using Johnson at slot receiver. Johnson will offer some lower-end flex appeal in PPR leagues ahead of a Week 3 date with the Colts. Johnson's role should expand if Corey Coleman's hand is indeed broken.
Sep 17 - 7:00 PM

Isaiah Crowell managed 37 yards on ten carries and missed his lone target in the Browns' Week 2 loss to the Ravens.

A big game was never expected for Crowell in this spot, but it was still a frustrating effort. Crowell has just 70 yards on 27 carries to begin the season. The good news is Crowell is now in a buy-low position. In Weeks 3-5, the Browns face the Colts, Bengals, and Jets, all of whom pose plus run-defense matchups.
Sep 17 - 6:55 PM

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