Corey Coleman reportedly dealing with more hamstring woes
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman is once again dealing with hamstring issues. Hopefully things will clear up before the start of the regular season.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman has struggled to make it through the opening weeks of Organized Team Activities, most notable with an unspecified injury after landing the wrong way on the football.
In addition to that injury, Coleman is reportedly dealing with a recurrence of the hamstring problems that have plagued him since his freshman year at Baylor, according to Mary Kay Cabot at cleveland.com:
"Corey Coleman’s injuries, which could sideline him until training camp in late July, include a sore hamstring, a league source told cleveland.com. The Browns don’t have to be specific about injuries in the off-season, and they haven’t been to this point. The hamstring issue is significant, however, because Coleman has a history of soft tissue injuries. He missed the first two preseason games last year after injuring one in an intrasquad scrimmage."
It is still early, of course, as the Browns don’t play a game that matters for another three months, but the situation does deserve some attention.
Cleveland dealt with this last year during training camp as Coleman missed practice time and two preseason friendlies while dealing with a hamstring injury.
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The hamstring issues date back to his college days, as Coleman was a redshirt as a freshman due to hamstring injuries; missed the first three games and only made six starts as a sophomore because of a pulled hamstring; and dealt with a groin injury his final collegiate season that caused him to miss Baylor’s bowl game and led to off-season surgery for a sports hernia.
While his hamstring did not flare up during the regular season, Coleman did miss six games in the middle of the year with a broken hand. There is not much anyone can do to prevent a broken bone – football is a contact sport, after all – but the soft-tissue injuries are something else.
When Coleman was sidelined during training camp last season, wide receivers coach Al Saunders attributed the problem to Coleman adjusting to the demands of the NFL game. Coleman is heading into his second year so that shouldn’t be a problem, yet here he and the Browns are once again.
For now the Browns and Coleman have the luxury of taking their time to let him heal. There are no meaningful games to play, and the importance of running around in a helmet and shorts during OTAs can be a bit overstated.
But if this carries over into the regular season it could become problematic as, after Kenny Britt, Coleman is the only experienced wide receiver on the team. While the Browns are supposedly going to make a commitment to running the ball this fall, they will need to pass it on occasion and Coleman is a key component to that part of the plan.
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For now, let’s set the worry meter on low when it comes to Coleman and his balky hamstrings.