BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns continue to play the waiting game with wide receiver Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins.
Able to practice intermittently throughout the last few weeks, Higgins has been out of the lineup for a month because of an unspecified knee injury, and the team is not yet sure of his availability for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.
“He just got a little sore in the latter part of the week,” Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said. “That was all.
“It’s still kind of a day-by-day thing with him.”
Higgins has played in only one game this season, the opening-week loss to the Tennessee Titans, and has two catches for 46 yards, an average of 23.0 yards per reception, the best of any wide receiver on the active roster.
“I don’t know if we classified the injury or not, but anytime you’re talking about the knee, it can be significant,” Kitchens said.
In addition to Higgins, the Browns played the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Monday Night Football earlier this week without two starters in their secondary.
Cornerbacks Greedy Williams and Denzel Ward continue working their ways back from hamstring injuries sustained within 10 minutes of each other during the Friday practice before hosting the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football on September 22.
Williams and Ward have missed three consecutive starts while nursing the injuries.
“Those guys are still kind of day by day,” Kitchens said. “They haven’t been on the field yet. They’re still day by day.”
Without Ward and Williams in the lineup, the Browns have relied on the veteran presence of T.J. Carrie and Terrance Mitchell in the starting cornerback spots.
Carrie has registered 17 total tackles, including 15 solo stops and two assists, with one interception, two passes defended and one fumble recovery. Mitchell has made 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops, with two passes defended.
“The guys that have come in have played exceptionally well,” Kitchens said. “They played well. They’ve been doing a good job. We had some issues the other night that we’re going to get corrected. Other than that, they’ve played well. They played good in spurts the other day. They’ve played well up to this point.”