CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Browns rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman was expected to be a key cog in Coach Hue Jackson’s offense, but a fluke practice injury leading up to the third game of the season sidelined the 15th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft for six weeks.
However, after his broken hand healed, Coleman was cleared to play in Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys at FirstEnergy Stadium.
“That is exciting,” Coleman said Monday. “I had a final X-ray and everything is perfect, healed up just the way we wanted it to. I am excited to get back out there with the guys. I know they have been working extremely hard trying to get a win, so I am happy to be back out there, and I am going to help them out.”
Over the first two games of his Browns career, Coleman turned seven receptions into 173 yards and two touchdowns. And despite missing six weeks for the 0-8 Browns, the NFL’s last remaining winless team, Coleman expects to pick up where he left off.
“I don’t think it is difficult at all,” Coleman said. “I think I just have to go back there, get the feeling, get the timing with the quarterback. I think I am going to do just fine.
“When I look out there, I know I can contribute to the team or they wouldn’t have drafted me here. It is difficult. It is tough, but no one is giving up. The season is far from over, so we are going to come back to work and fight and keep on going.”
Ironically, Coleman’s return comes against his hometown team, who despite having an all-rookie backfield of quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, are 6-1 and not only hold a two-game lead in the NFC East Division, but also, the best record in the entire conference.
Although Coleman is looking forward to playing the Cowboys, the mission is to help the Browns win on Sunday.
“It means a lot,” Coleman said. “I am from Dallas, all my family is going to be here. They are a really good football team too, so it means everything. I am excited to go out there and really play and help this team be successful.
“I am ready to do whatever they want me to do. I am down for it.”