CLEVELAND -- Corey Coleman has been out of the Cleveland Browns’ lineup for six weeks following surgery to repair his broken right hand, but the second-year wide receiver is back practicing after being designated for return from injured reserve.
If all continues to go well, Coleman could be on the field for the Browns against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday, November 19.
“We are good,” Coleman said at practice earlier this week. “I had X-rays and stuff.
“I’m excited. I haven’t been on the field in a while.”
After the first two games of the season, Coleman was tied for second on the team with six receptions, which he turned into 62 yards and one touchdown. Averaging 10.3 yards per catch, Coleman is one of only two Browns receivers with a touchdown this season.
In 2016, Coleman suffered a broken bone in his right hand in the week leading up to the third game of the season and missed six weeks of play. However, the 2016 injury did not require surgery.
“I have been catching balls,” Coleman said. “Monday, I did individual (drills). It felt good getting back in the groove of throwing with the quarterbacks.”
In two years with the Browns, Coleman has been on the receiving end of 39 passes for 475 yards and four touchdowns over 12 games, all of which he started.
Since the Browns selected the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Coleman with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, he has missed 12 games because of injuries.
“It is tough, but you can’t do anything about it,” Coleman said. “Moving past it, and I’m just excited to get back on the field where I can help us try to get a win.”
Additionally, there have been issues of maturity, and Coleman wants to change that perception upon his return.
In the last two years, Coleman has broken his right hand twice, been involved in a lengthy police investigation stemming from an altercation at his apartment complex and was sent home from Houston earlier in the season after missing curfew despite being on injured reserve.
“It is tough, but one of my jobs -- I look at myself as a leader -- is keeping the guys going and keep them confident,” Coleman said. “I felt like I had done a good job and I’m proud of the guys who stepped in and are giving it their all and trying to make a big impact to help us win.”
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