Callaway (suspension) was claimed off waivers Jan. 16 by the XFL's Tampa Bay Vipers, ESPN.com reports. Shortly after Callaway was released by the Browns in mid-November, the NFL handed the wideout a 10-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Since he won't be eligible to compete in the NFL until the second half of the 2020 season, Callaway will stay involved in football by joining the newly reincarnated XFL, which will begin its season Feb. 8. A 2018 fourth-round pick who recorded 51 catches for 675 yards and five touchdowns over 20 career games in Cleveland, Callaway will be one of the more accomplished players suiting up for the upstart league.
Callaway lost his appeal and will serve a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Callaway didn't have to wait long for a final decision on his appeal, and he'll now be in line to serve his second suspension of the season. The wideout is currently in limbo after being waived by the Browns on Thursday, allowing any of the 31 other teams to put in a claim. The looming suspension certainly won't help his chances of landing with another team, though, so it remains to be seen both with whom and when Callaway will next see NFL action.
Callaway, who the Browns waived Thursday, is awaiting word on his appeal of a looming 10-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Rapoport adds that Callaway maintains that the infraction that has the wideout poised to serve another NFL suspension stems from a tainted CBD product. While this adds another layer to the Browns' reasoning behind parting ways with Callaway, it's not the only factor the team considered after the 2018 fourth-rounder was benched in Week 10 for being a late arrival for this past Sunday's win over the Bills.
The Browns have waived Callaway, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Callaway, who was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, was benched by the Browns in Week 10 for being a late arrival for this past Sunday's win over the Bills. The Browns evidently weren't satisfied with Callaway's response to that and have decided to move on from the 2018 fourth-rounder. Now that he's no longer in the mix, Rashard Higgins is slated to serve as the team's No. 3 wide receiver behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.
Cleveland head coach Freddie Kitchens said Callaway's benching was a one-game thing for the Bills game in Week 10, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The Browns haven't divulged why Callaway was made a healthy scratch Sunday, though it appears it's not a lasting situation. Rashard Higgins filled in for Callaway and caught the game-winning touchdown while playing a season-high 33 offensive snaps. It's unclear if Callaway forfeited the third wideout spot or how the snaps will be allocated for Week 11 on Thursday night against the Steelers.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||11/01||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|15||12/20||@New York Giants||29||26.00|
|16||12/27||@New York Jets||25||23.50|
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|3 Year Avg||46||26||338||2||15||13.00||45|