Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson didn’t find out that rookie wide receiver Antonio Calloway was cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license until the news broke two days later.
So Jackson decided to punish Calloway by keeping him in the preseason opener against the Giants Thursday for as long as he could without a break. And Calloway didn’t come out until well into the fourth quarter.
“I was trying to make him play the whole game if we could,” Jackson said via NFL Network. “I did not want him to come out…Either you sit him or make him play. I thought it was better to make him play. Make him play as long as he could. There were a couple of times he kept waving to come out, and we said, ‘No, stay in.'”
Calloway, who finished the game with three catches for 87 yards and a touchdown after having been on the field for 78 percent of Cleveland’s offensive plays (54 snaps in total), reportedly didn’t inform the Browns that he was cited for marijuana possession and a suspended license on Sunday of last week. Dashcam video of the traffic stop also showed that police found a gun and bullets in the car.
The fourth-round pick out of Florida was reportedly limited in practice Sunday due to a rib injury, which Jackson says he suffered in Thursday’s game.