Browns reportedly sent Britt, Coleman home for missing curfew
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns continue to struggle to do the simple things right as wide receivers Corey Coleman and Kenny Britt reportedly missed curfew in Houston.
Nothing is ever easy for the Cleveland Browns.
Not only is the team sitting at 0-6 for the second consecutive season, but the Browns are coming off a 33-17 beating at the hands of the Houston Texans.
The game against the Texans may be six days in the past, but it came up again on Saturday afternoon when NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that wide receivers Corey Coleman and Kenny Britt were sent home prior to the game for missing curfew the night before.
The Browns have not commented on the story.
Coleman is still recovering from surgery to fix a broken bone in his hand and Britt was inactive while dealing with a groin injury, but head coach Hue Jackson reportedly decided to “send a message” and sent both players home.
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Britt has missed the past two games with an injury, has struggled with dropped passes, and has posted just eight receptions for 121 yards and one touchdown so far this season.
Coleman, the club’s first-round draft pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, has not played since breaking his hand in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens. He has six receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown on the season.
Coleman has shown flashes of his talent, but has been sidelined two seasons in a row now with injuries. Coleman also struggled when he returned to the lineup last year, but that is likely because he was saddled with Robert Griffin III as his quarterback.
On a team that has put up with wide receiver Josh Gordon’s ongoing suspensions, and saw former quarterback Johnny Manziel blow off practice to go to Las Vegas, having two players that were not going to play anyway miss curfew is probably not that big of a deal.
But at 0-6 – and 1-21 since Jackson took over as head coach – everything is magnified for the Browns. Especially when it comes to Coleman and Britt, who has been Public Enemy No. 1 in Cleveland almost from the moment he signed with the team over the summer as a free agent.
It is odd that no one noticed that Britt and Coleman were not at the game, nor did anyone bother to ask Jackson about it in the past week.
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But now that the cat is out of the bag, it is likely that we have not heard the last of this, along with what is sure to be an exhaustive analysis of how this is another example of a franchise rotting from within.