Higgins caught five of seven targets for a team-high 88 yards and lost a fumble in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC divisional round. Higgins led the Browns in receiving yards but made a devastating error late in the first half, as he had the ball knocked out of his hands while diving for the goal line and it went out of the bounds in the end zone for a touchback. Kansas City added another field goal before halftime, making it a 19-3 game when it looked like the Browns were about to cut it to 16-10. That error loomed huge in a game that Cleveland ultimately lost by five points. Higgins stepped up after Odell Beckham's season-ending knee injury this year, but it remains to be seen whether Cleveland will opt to bring Higgins back in free agency.
Higgins caught two of seven targets for 28 yards in Sunday's 48-37 wild-card win over Pittsburgh. Higgins had a healthy number of targets, his third most of the season, and reflects the wide receiver's usage over the final quarter of the season. Since Week 13, Higgins averaged 6.8 targets over five games played. The Browns move onto the AFC divisional round next Sunday to face the Chiefs, whose defense yielded the second-fewest yards to wide receivers (78.7 YPG) during the regular season.
Higgins caught two of three targets for 55 yards, including a long of 42, in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Steelers. Higgins was one of four returning wide receivers that sat out Week 16 while on the reserve/COVID-19 list. For the fourth straight week and the fifth time in the last six, he posted more than 50 receiving yards in a game. After the loss of Odell Beckham, Higgins stepped in to become Cleveland's deep threat. Since the mid-season bye week, Higgins has averaged 16.9 yards per catch. With the win, Cleveland qualified for the postseason and will meet the Steelers -- for the third time this season -- in a wild-card weekend game.
Higgins is officially off the reserve/COVID-19 list. Jarvis Landry, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge came off the list as well, which sets the stage for Higgins -- who missed this past Sunday's loss to the Jets after being identified as a close contact of an infected person or persons -- to return to his usual key pass-catching role alongside Landry in this weekend's must-win game against the Steelers.
Higgins is on track to come off the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. As will Jarvis Landry, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge, with the moves to become official later Thursday. Per the report, the wide receiver quartet is in line to be available to take the field should the Browns be permitted to hold a practice Thursday.
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