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.
Callaway's benching for Week 10 against Buffalo may have been for a disciplinary reason, a source told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Callaway had been working steadily as the team's No. 3 wideout since serving a four-game suspension to begin the season, even with the return of Rashard Higgins, so his benching Sunday came as a surprise. The source theorized the benching was possibly due to Callaway being late for something. With Higgins tallying the winning touchdown on Cleveland's final drive, it may not matter what the reason was for the inactive designation. Callaway could drop down to No. 4 on the depth chart.
Callaway (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 10 tilt against the Bills, Andrew Gribble of the team's official site reports.
The decision to make Callaway a healthy scratch comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering the second-year wideout had just set season highs in receptions (four), receiving yardage (56) and targets (five) in the Week 9 loss to the Broncos. Callaway's absence will open the door for Rashard Higgins to move up to the No. 3 receiver spot behind Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry versus a stingy Bills pass defense.
Callaway caught four of five targets for 56 yards in Sunday's 24-19 loss to the Broncos.
The catches, targets and yards were all season highs for Callaway, who was suspended for the first four games of the year, but most of his production came on a 41-yard grab in the second quarter that set up the Browns' second of four field goals in the first half. Callaway remains the No. 3 option in the Cleveland passing game behind Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, but if Baker Mayfield can figure things out in the second half, it's a role that could still afford Callaway some fantasy upside.
Callaway caught two of three targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 27-13 loss to New England.
The second-year WR played 53 snaps (78 percent) while maintaining the No. 3 wideout role, as Rashard Higgins (14 snaps) has been slow to return from a knee injury. Callaway has caught only four of 10 targets for 33 yards this year, though, giving him little job security.
Callaway caught two of four targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 32-28 loss to the Seahawks in Week 6.
Callaway survived another week as Cleveland's third wideout while Rashard Higgins did not play despite being active for the first time in five weeks. Callaway, who served a four-week suspension to start the season, caught his first passes. He was slightly better Sunday than the previous week when he showed rust in his return from the suspension. With a bye coming up, Higgins will have two weeks to ensure his knee is ready for Week 8 on the road against the Patriots. If he's good to go, Callaway will drop to fourth on the depth chart.
Callaway will be back at the "X" receiver position for Sunday's home game against Seattle, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Callaway emerged as one of several issues the Browns dealt with while preparing for Week 6 against the 4-1 Seahawks. He played a new position last week -- the "Z" receiver -- and looked out of place at times. He was flagged for a false start and had a few moments when he wasn't sure where he should line up or what he should be doing post snap. Callaway also had a costly bobble that led to an interception and eventually a touchdown. Head coach Freddie Kitchens took responsibility following last week's loss to the 49ers, telling reporters that he put Callaway in a "bad situation." Callaway's presence on the field this week could become moot if Rashard Higgins (knee) is ready to return. Higgins practiced fully all week, but Kitchens was coy about his availability for Sunday.
Callaway admitted he had to learn a new position Monday in the Browns' 31-3 loss to the 49ers, Dan Labbe of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Callaway wasn't attempting to make an excuse for his disappointing season debut, which came after he completed a four-game suspension. He did, however, acknowledge that he faced a tough adjustment moving from the 'X' to 'Z' receiver spot. The second-year wideout had a false start, failed to catch any of his three targets and bobbled a pass that turned into an interception -- arguably the pivotal play of the game. Though Callaway lost reps in the second half to Damion Ratley, coach Freddie Kitchens reiterated Tuesday that he still has confidence in the second-year receiver and has no plans to avoid turning away from him as the Browns' No. 3 receiver in Week 6 at Seattle.
Callaway failed to catch any of his three targets in Monday's 31-3 loss to the 49ers.
Callaway, who missed the first four weeks of the season serving a suspension, opened the game as the third wideout, but the rust clearly showed. He committed a false start penalty in the red zone and, three plays later, failed to hold onto a pass that turned into an interception and led to a 49ers touchdown. It was a momentum-shifting incident. After halftime, he was demoted while Damion Ratley received more playing time. It's too soon to give up on Callaway, who caught 43 passes as a rookie and established a good working relationship with quarterback Baker Mayfield in 2018, but the time away from the team appears to have affected his game shape.
Callaway was officially added to the Browns' 53-man roster ahead of Monday's game against the 49ers.
Callaway served his four-game suspension and is primed to rejoin the Browns for Week 5. The 22-year-old seemed slated to serve in a reserve role Monday, but he could work as the team's No. 3 wide receiver with Rashard Higgins (knee) unlikely to suit up, per Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Callaway could see a reserve role Monday with Rashard Higgins (knee) and Jarvis Landry (concussion) expected to play, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
The trio of Odell Beckham, Landry and Higgins are all expected to start Monday, likely relegating Callaway to a reserve role on the Browns' receiving corps. The 22-year-old is expected to make his 2019 season debut after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy and could be a factor on special teams, particularly returning both punts and kicks.
Callaway expects to receive work on special teams as a returner on kicks and punts, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.
Callaway is expected to make his season debut Monday against the 49ers after serving a four-game suspension. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer wants to use him as a returner but wants to see Callaway absorb some hits first. "He has so much talent," Priefer said. "You have to be able to trust him back there. He has not been hit this year, but if he protects the ball like we have preaching to him since Day 1, then we would have a chance." As a rookie in 2018, Callaway returned five punts (12.2 YPR) and eight kicks (17.9).
Callaway took part in his first practice of the season Thursday after the Browns reinstated him from his four-game suspension earlier this week, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
As a stipulation of his four-game ban for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, Callaway wasn't permitted to participate in team activities once the preseason concluded, so he may have some ground to make up from a conditioning or timing standpoint. That being said, Callaway is expected to have a role in the Browns' game plan for Monday's game at San Francisco, though the extent of his usage may hinge on the availability of Jarvis Landry (concussion). Landry wasn't on the field for Thursday's practice and isn't certain to clear the five-step concussion protocol before Monday arrives.
Coach Freddie Kitchens said Tuesday that he feels Callaway could replace Jarvis Landry (concussion) in Week 5 against San Francisco if Landry isn't cleared to play, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports. "They play sort of the same spots on normal down and distance type stuff. We will have to see how that all fits in," Kitchens said. "[Callaway] has to prove that he knows what to do, knows how to do it and knows when to do it. Other than that, Antonio has played. He knows how to play the game. I am glad he is back."
Callaway has been away from the team through the first quarter of the season while serving a four-game suspension. Despite the missed time, Kitchens is confident the wide receiver can be a contributor this week if Landry doesn't clear the concussion protocol. According to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Landry popped by the locker room Tuesday and was overheard telling a teammate that he "feels good, 100 percent," but the wideout will still need to pass all five phases of the NFL's concussion protocol before his availability for the Monday night game is confirmed. If Landry ends up being active Week 5, Callaway would likely hold only a minimal role in the game plan.
Callaway has completed his four-game suspension and is eligible to return to action for the Browns in Week 5, Andrew Gribble of the team's official site reports.
Per Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, coach Freddie Kitchens indicated that he expects Callaway to be able to contribute as soon as this coming weekend against the 49ers, despite having missed time with both a preseason ankle injury and then his suspension. The timing of Callaway's return is good, with Rashard Higgins still dealing with a knee injury and Jarvis Landry having suffered a concussion Sunday.
Callaway (ankle) can attend meetings and other team functions while he serves a four-game suspension at the beginning of the regular season, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The suspension was announced Aug. 9, one day after Callaway suffered a high-ankle sprain in Cleveland's preseason opener against Washington. His presence at the team facility should help his chances to earn a role in Week 5 and beyond, though his violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy has led to some questions about his future with the team. Rashard Higgins is on track to serve as Cleveland's No. 3 wide receiver in September, at the very least.
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