Remember when the Cleveland Browns believed they had one of the best groups of wide receivers in the NFL? Those comments from mandatory mini camp have disappeared into the thin air outside the team’s training facility in Berea.
Tuesday afternoon reports surfaced that Antonio Callaway was cited for possession of marijuana in his car. Police in the Cleveland suburb of Strongsville pulled over the Browns fourth round pick at around 3 a.m. on Sunday, August 5.
Strongsville Police Report:
Cleveland #Browns WR Antonio Callaway cited for possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license at 2:59 a.m. Sunday, August 5th.
Hours later the Browns traded Corey Coleman to Buffalo & elevated Callaway to starting WR.#FOX8
— Nicholas A. Kovach (@TheKovach) August 7, 2018
Along with the marijuana possession, Callaway was also cited for driving with a suspended license. Tony Grossi, the Browns beat reporter for ESPN 850 WKNR and WJW Fox-8 first reported the news on Tuesday afternoon.
— Melissa Reid (@MelissaReidTV) August 7, 2018
Callaway was elevated to a starting wide receiver spot for the Browns first preseason game Thursday night at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants just hours after the incident. Callaway’s status for the preseason opener is unclear for now. An appearance in Strongsville Mayor’s court takes place Thursday morning.
Callaway has practiced with his teammates the last three days since the incident.
“We’re aware of the citation,” a Browns spokesman said in a statement. “We are in the process of gathering more information and will comment further at the appropriate time.”
The news broke during Tuesday’s practice in Berea. It took head coach Hue Jackson by surprise.
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“Obviously, I am just now finding out about it,” Jackson said. “But obviously, I think you guys know me pretty well. We will have a very strong conversation about it. Let me find out all of the facts – everything that went into it – and then go from there.”
Callaway’s trouble past caused his draft stock to drop. The Browns took Callaway in the fourth round last April. General manager John Dorsey had Callaway as a first round talent despite the off the field issues. Since turning pro, Callaway has failed a drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine in addition to the marijuana possession.
“He has been great,” Jackson said. “We have had no slip ups, no issues. This is a young player, who obviously made a bad decision or bad choice.”
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