Head coach Freddie Kitchens said Willies (collarbone) is healthy enough to practice now and should be ready for training camp, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Willies made a splash last season with a three-catch, 61-yard performance Week 5 against Baltimore, but fractured his collarbone in practice a few days later. The Texas Tech product was originally hoping to be ready for OTAs in April -- as reported by Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site -- but hadn't moved far enough along in his recovery when that time rolled around. Now that he's trending in the right direction, health-wise, Willies should have a decent shot of securing a depth role in the team's wideout corps.
Willies (collarbone) should be healthy before OTAs, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official website reports.
Willies earned a spot on the 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie in 2018, eventually making a splash Week 5 with three catches for 61 yards in an overtime win against Baltimore. He fractured his collarbone in practice a few days later and spent the rest of the season on injured reserve. The 6-foot-4 wideout should have a decent shot at reprising his depth role in 2019, though it won't come as any surprise if the Browns bring in tougher competition at his position.
Willies (shoulder) underwent surgery Monday morning and is a candidate to be designated for return this season.
With Rod Streater (neck) ruled out for the season Monday to go along with the Willies injury, the Browns are now even lighter on wideout depth. Damion Ratley and Breshad Perriman should now both have an opportunity to work as the team's No. 3 wide receiver until Willies potentially returns.
The Browns placed Willies (shoulder) on injured reserve Saturday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
No surprise here, as Willies fractured his collarbone in Friday's practice. It was unfortunate timing for him, as he had just carved out a role behind Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway on the depth chart with Rashad Higgins (knee-MCL) sidelined indefinitely. Rod Streater and Damion Ratley now figure to be candidates for that role, but newly signed Breshad Perriman may ultimately be the favorite.
Willies is out indefinitely after fracturing his collarbone in practice Friday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
With that, IR is a possibility for Willies, who had just started to carve out a role behind Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway. Look for Damion Ratley, who was inactive last week, to suit up this weekend, while it seems logical that the Browns might add wideout depth in short order. Rishard Matthews is one name that comes to mind on that front.
Willies injured his shoulder during practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
If he can't play Sunday, the Browns' wideout corps would be further taxed, with Rashard Higgins sidelined with a knee injury. Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway slot in as the team's top options at the position, but if Willies -- who caught three of his five targets for 61 yards in Week 5 -- can't play Sunday, Damion Ratley, who was inactive last week, would likely suit up this weekend.
Willies caught three of five targets for 61 yards in Sunday's 12-9 win over the Ravens.
Willies notched his first career receptions Sunday and was able to make an immediate impact despite being on the field for just 32 percent of Cleveland's offensive snaps. He out-snapped recent acquisition Rod Streater and could ultimately earn more playing time if he continues to perform in similar fashion.
Willies (cramps) was participating at the Browns' practice Thursday, CantonRep.com reports.
Willies exited a rookie training camp practice last week with cramps, but he's apparently no worse for wear. The undrafted rookie out of Iowa is competing for a roster spot as a depth receiver and special teams player.
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