Rashard Higgins hopes to take game to ‘another level’ upon return from injury

Rashard Higgins was smiling again Friday.

Maybe part of it had to do with Baker Mayfield interrupting Higgins’ interview by throwing things into the scrum, but mostly because Higgins said he will play again Sunday despite being listed as questionable on the injury report. 

“I feel good,” Higgins said. “100 percent. I am ready to go.”

Higgins hasn’t played in three weeks because of a knee injury he suffered during the second half against the Ravens, the last team the Browns defeated. Since then, Higgins watched his teammates lose, his offensive coordinator and head coach relieved of their duties and his team drop in the standings, all without a chance to do anything about it. 

“(Watching the team lose) was tough, that was real tough,” Higgins said. “It’s hard knowing you can’t be out there with your boys, man.”

This Sunday against the Chiefs, though, Higgins is poised to be back with his boys. He might be relied on heavily, too. Antonio Callaway appeared on the injury report late in the week with an ankle injury.

“You all heard the speech that Jarvis (Landry) gave, right?” Higgins said. “(Callaway) better be out there.”

Regardless of Callaway’s availability, Higgins plans on producing upon his return. He knows Kansas City can score. He’s seen the stories about Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes’ high-powered college duel. And if Kansas City wants a shootout, Higgins is ready to give them one. 

“Might be another (shootout),” Higgins said, “So be ready for it.

“I am going to be getting that ball.”

Higgins gets that ball about three times per game for an average of 49 yards so far this season. But his time on the sideline gave him a new perspective. He watched closely and believes he saw a path to growth. 

“Seeing it from the other side, I got to critique a lot of stuff,” Higgins said. “I got to see how I can take my game to another level.”

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