Browns waive WR Callaway amid suspension report

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The Cleveland Browns waived vast receiver Antonio Callaway on Thursday, 4 days after he was benched, and shortly earlier than NFL Community reported he’s going through a 10-game suspension.

FILE PHOTO: Aug eight, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns vast receiver Antonio Callaway (11) dives for a catch however is dominated out of bounds in the long run zone in the course of the first half towards the Washington Redskins at FirstEnergy Stadium. Necessary Credit score: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports activities – 13177362

Callaway was a late scratch for the Browns’ 19-16 residence victory over the Buffalo Payments on Sunday, for what a number of shops reported was a late arrival to the sport. His substitute, Rashard Higgins, caught the game-winning landing move within the fourth quarter.

Not lengthy after Callaway’s launch Thursday, NFL Community reported the wideout is interesting a 10-game suspension for what could be his second violation of the league’s substance-abuse coverage.

Per the report, the pending suspension was “not the one motive” Callaway was waived, however “it is a crucial issue.” The report additionally stated Callaway had an enchantment listening to inside the final week, with Callaway contending a “tainted CBD product” was concerned.

Head coach Freddie Kitchens advised reporters on a convention name Monday that Callaway’s benching could be just for one sport. The coach added, “I don’t know if he obtained the message or not, however I’m not wavering.”

Callaway, 22, was a fourth-round choose within the draft final 12 months, after the Browns traded as much as get him. Most thought-about him a first-round expertise, however authorized points and his dismissal from the staff at Florida broken his draft standing.

In August of 2018, 4 months after he was drafted, Callaway was cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license, costs that had been dropped in February.

Callaway performed in all 16 video games as a rookie and totaled 43 catches for 586 yards and 5 touchdowns in 16 video games (11 begins as a rookie). However he was suspended 4 video games below the substance-abuse coverage — stemming from the 2018 quotation — to begin this season.

In 4 video games (two begins) because the suspension, he had solely eight catches for 89 yards.

The Browns changed Callaway on the 53-man roster with offensive lineman Drew Forbes, who was activated from injured reserve after sitting out all season so far with a knee harm.

Forbes, a sixth-round rookie out of Southeast Missouri State, labored at a number of completely different positions in the course of the preseason after taking part in offensive deal with in faculty.

—Area Degree Media