The Cleveland Browns seem to be taking one step forward and then a step or two backward when it comes to injuries at certain positions.
Such is the case this week with the wide receivers.
While wide receiver Antonio Calloway is eligible to return to the roster after his four-game league suspension, and wide receiver Rashard Higgins is another day closer to returning from his Week 1 knee injury, the Browns may now be without wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who is in the NFL-mandated concussion protocol.
Landry suffered the concussion during Sunday’s win against the Baltimore Ravens, possibly at the end of his 29-yard reception late in the third quarter, and his status is now in the hands of the team doctors, head coach Freddie Kitchens told clevelandbrowns.com on Tuesday:
“It is a constant evaluation and tests. You have to stay in there a certain length of time before they can give you the test again. I kind of just let them deal with that – the experts. It is encouraging that we in reality start practice a day later in the week. Hopefully, he will get back at some point and get some good reps in and get ready to play.”
It is a tough break for the Browns and Landry as he was in the midst of a career day against the Ravens with 167 receiving yards, which included a 65-yard catch-and run.
The possible absence of Landry could be mitigated a bit if Callaway and/or Higgins are able to go on Monday night.
The Browns do not have to make a decision on adding Callaway to the roster until Monday, and with practice yet to start this week it is still not clear if Higgins will be able to go or not.
When asked about both players on Tuesday, Kitchens was non-committal about their availability, according to the team’s website:
“(Antonio) 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. (Rashard) looks like he is getting close to me, but I am not the trainer.”
The situation at wide receiver will be one to watch this week as the Browns look to gain their first win in San Francisco since the 2003 season.