The Cleveland Browns have a deep wide receiving corps, but one of their young talents will be out for the start of the year.
The NFL is suspending Antonio Callaway four games for violating the policy on substances abuse.
“I take full responsibility for my actions,” Callaway said Friday in a statement posted to the team’s website. “I made a mistake and I own that. I have taken steps to make myself better and I appreciate the Browns standing by me and supporting me during this time. I know there’s nothing I can say to regain trust; it will all be about my actions.”
Callaway, a fourth-round selection from the 2018 draft, has been working with the reserve receivers during Cleveland’s training camp. The Browns added Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason, and he joins Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins as pass-catching weapons for quarterback Baker Mayfield.
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Callaway, 22, was cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license last August, but NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the suspension stems from a separate incident. In February, the marijuana charge was dismissed.
He will be eligible to participate in preseason practices and games, but will miss games against the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams and Baltimore Ravens. He’ll be eligible to return for Week 5’s contest against the San Francisco 49ers.
“We’re disappointed in Antonio,” Browns general manager John Dorsey said Friday in a statement. “Freddie and I have had a direct conversation with him about where we stand. He understands our expectations of him. We will continue to support him as long as he remains committed to taking advantage of the resources made available to him by our club and the league to help him become the best version of himself as a person first and foremost.”
Callaway caught 43 passes for 586 yards and five touchdowns last year as a rookie. He hauled in three passes for 42 yards Thursday night against the Redskins in Cleveland’s preseason debut.
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