Corey Coleman Reportedly Has Broken Hand, Will Require Surgery

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

Sep 18, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA;  Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman (19) celebrates his second touchdown of the game during the first half against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman reportedly has a broken hand after a collision with Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey and will need to undergo surgery.

Josina Anderson of ESPN reported Monday on Coleman's diagnosis, with Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com adding the wide receiver visited a specialist and will need surgery to repair the damage.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Coleman will miss six-to-eight weeks and is a "prime candidate" to be placed on injured reserve with an eligibility to return.

Cabot originally reported on Sunday that the team feared the hand was broken. Coleman wouldn't comment on the injury when asked after the game. 

"He's hurt," a teammate told Cabot.

The Browns used the 15th overall pick on Coleman in last year's draft. He struggled to make a significant impact as a rookie, however, tallying 33 catches for 413 yards and three touchdowns across 10 games. A lackluster offense and some health woes played a role in those struggles.

An injury halted his quick rise up Cleveland's offensive pecking order last year. The Baylor product suffered a broken hand during practice following a five-catch, two-TD performance against the Baltimore Ravens. More recently, he dealt with a hamstring injury during organized team activities in the offseason.

With Coleman out of the starting lineup again, the Browns figure to use a rotation of receivers opposite Kenny Britt. Ricardo Louis and Jordan Payton should see the biggest uptick in targets, albeit as part of a mundane aerial attack.

All told, Coleman is a potentially special talent capable of playing a crucial role in turning around a Browns offense that's been stuck in neutral for a decade. The front office will hope his recent injury problems don't become a trend moving forward, though.

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