Callaway was limited in practice Sunday due to sore ribs, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Callaway played a whopping 78 percent of the Browns' offensive snaps in Thursday's exhibition against the Giants, yielding three catches (on seven targets) for 87 yards and one touchdown. Coach Hue Jackson admitted Sunday that Callaway played into the fourth quarter as a consequence for not divulging his legal issue from last weekend, per Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. While the process plays out, Callaway will continue to log time in the preseason, with his next chance coming Friday versus the Bills.
Callaway was cited Sunday for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Between his lengthy track record of off-field issues at Florida and his diluted urine sample at the combine, Callaway entered the NFL without much margin for error, instantly earning a spot in the league's substance-abuse program. His strong performance in training camp likely played a role in Cleveland's decision to trade Corey Coleman to Buffalo, but the Browns will need to look further down the depth chart (or to the free-agent wire) if Callaway is suspended by the NFL. The team released a statement saying they're aware of the situation but won't comment further until they've gathered more information, per Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon-Journal.
Callaway received first-team reps during Monday's practice, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
A day after the Browns jettisoned Corey Coleman to Buffalo, Callaway replaced him on the first-team offense, lining up alongside Jarvis Landry. Callaway's time as a starter is likely to be short-lived as the team awaits the return of Josh Gordon (personal), though when and if that happens, the rookie figures to have a leg up on Rashard Higgins for the No. 3 wideout spot, due to his strong start to training camp.
Coleman was traded to the Bills on Sunday in exchange for a late-round pick, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. There's a possibility this deal could pave the way for the Browns to sign a free agent like Dez Bryant, but it could also be a signal of faith in the impressive rookie out of Florida. Callaway has seemingly impressed in practice all summer, specifically showing good hands and route running. It'll be a challenge for him to carve out a significant target share in an offense that will also like to get Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon, Duke Johnson, and David Njoku involved, but Callaway nonetheless benefits from the loss of someone who saw 6.4 targets per game in 2017.
|P4||8/30/18||@ DET||7:00 pm|
|2||9/16/18||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|