Cleveland Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway has been suspended by the NFL for violating the substance abuse policy according to NFL Network.
He will be able to continue practicing with the team and participating in the preseason games but will be out for the Browns’ matchups against the Titans, Jets, Rams and the Ravens to open the regular season.
Callaway is one of the talented young wide receivers in the league but issues off the field have hampered his potential. A sexual assault case that was later dropped as well as a credit card fraud scandal kept him off the field for two seasons at the University of Florida.
He tested positive for a diluted sample at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine but the Browns took a chance on Callaway in the fourth round of last year’s draft. During training camp last year, Callaway was cited for possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license but the possession charge was later dropped.
Last year playing in all 16 games, Callaway had 43 catches for 586 yards and five touchdowns. This upcoming season he was and still should be expected to play a big role in the Browns offense as the third or fourth receiver behind Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, and Rashard Higgins.
Callaway came into camp “out of shape” and was seeing more time with the second-team offense including in Thursday night’s preseason opener where he had three catches for 42 yards.
The team and Callaway both released statements