CLEVELAND -- “It was the best of times…It was the worst of times!”
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman has lived that quote from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities over the first two weeks of the regular season.
Coleman emerged as a top threat for an offense in need of playmakers, but the first-year pass catcher might not be catching anything for the foreseeable future, as according to multiple outlets, he suffered a broken hand during Wednesday’s practice ahead of Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.
“An X-ray late this afternoon on Corey Coleman’s hand revealed a fracture,” the Browns said in a statement. “He was a full participant in today’s practice. The injury is being further evaluated in order to determine when he will return to play.”
Despite missing much of training camp and half of the preseason because of a hamstring injury, Coleman was the Browns’ top receiver through the first two weeks of the regular season. In losses to the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens, Coleman hauled in seven passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns.
Before surrendering 25 straight points over the final 45 minutes of play, the Browns came out firing on all cylinders against the Ravens, and scored on their first three possessions on the way to a 20-2 lead after the first quarter.
Coleman got things started when he hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass from veteran quarterback Josh McCown and gave the Browns a 7-0 lead over the Ravens with 9:45 to play in the first quarter of the home opener.
Facing a third-and-10 after gaining back the 10 yards lost because of an offensive pass interference penalty, McCown took the shotgun snap from center Cameron Erving, dropped back in the pocket and lofted the pass deep down the left side of the field.
Coleman caught the pass, secured the ball and got both feet down in bounds before being pushed out of the back of the end zone. A replay review of the catch confirmed the call on the field of a touchdown.
Following an 85-yard touchdown run from Isaiah Crowell, the Browns’ defense ratcheted up the pressure and forced an interception of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
Four plays later, the Browns turned Baltimore’s miscue into a touchdown, as McCown completed an 11-yard pass to Coleman.