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Browns eager for Corey Coleman to return

CLEVELAND — Corey Coleman returned to practice this week and didn't look like he missed a beat. 

That was Browns coach Hue Jackson's evaluation of the second-year wide receiver, who hasn't played since breaking his hand against Baltimore on Sept. 17.

"He looked fast to me," Jackson said laughing. "He could catch. He can run. Sometimes you forget how talented he is because he hasn't been out there in a while, but it was good to have Corey back out there."

Coleman, the team's first-round draft pick in 2016, has been limited by injuries since joining Cleveland's roster, playing in 12 of 24 possible games over the past season-and-a-half. The former Baylor star missed six games as a rookie because of a broken hand and re-injured it this season.

Coleman, whom the Browns hope can play in two weekends against Jacksonville, said he's eager to make good on what he believed was supposed to be a breakout campaign.

"It is tough, but you can't do anything about it," he said Wednesday. "Moving past it, and I'm just excited to get back on the field where I can help us try to get a win."

Indeed, the winless Browns could use a playmaker on offense. Coleman caught six passes for 53 yards in a touchdown in the season opener and flashed the talent that made him one of college football's best receivers in a preseason game against the Buccaneers.

Coleman, who said his hand is "100 percent" healthy, hopes this latest injury is a minor setback. 

"I'm excited," he said. "I haven't been on the field in a while."

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