The Cleveland Browns are dealing with another major injury as Corey Coleman broke his hand at practice Wednesday, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. The injury is believed to have occurred when a teammate landed on it after he had caught a pass. The Browns confirmed Coleman suffered a fractured hand and are still evaluating the injury to determine a recovery timeline, but he's not expected to need surgery:
#Browns WR Corey Coleman saw a hand specialist today, source said. No surgery. Expected to return in 4-6 weeks.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 22, 2016
The Browns, once again, can’t catch a break. If blowing an 18-point lead against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday wasn’t bad enough, they’ve now lost a total of four starters to injury this week. Coleman, the No. 15 overall pick out of Baylor, was one of the few bright spots through Cleveland’s first two games of the season. He caught five passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the Browns’ loss to the Ravens.
In addition to Coleman, the Browns have lost both of their top quarterbacks already. Robert Griffin III, who started Week 1, was placed on injured reserve recently with a left shoulder injury and will reportedly be out for 8-12 weeks. His replacement, veteran Josh McCown, briefly left last week’s contest with a shoulder injury as well. He’ll be out Sunday, paving the way for rookie Cody Kessler to take the reins under center -- now likely without his No. 1 wideout and starting center.
That’s right, injuries have struck the Browns in the trenches as well. Cam Erving was hospitalized with a bruised lung over the weekend and is expected to miss at least one month. On the defensive side, lineman Carl Nassib broke his hand during the loss to Baltimore. The rookie will need surgery.
With a new head coach and statistically inclined front office, the Browns appeared to be turning the page on their tortured past. However, the events of the last few days show those efforts have been for naught.