Interesting approach: Browns' Hue Jackson played rookie Callaway as punishment

Paola Ditto
Agosto 14, 2018

Usually when a professional athlete is busted for drugs, he pays for the transgression by giving up playing time, if not his job.

As a disciplinary measure, the Browns elected to keep Callaway in the preseason opener into the fourth quarter against the New York Giants.

That was part of the effect of what he'd been through, and he knows it.

So you want to send a player a message and you give him ... more opportunity to play? "There were a couple of times he kept waving to come out, and we said, 'No, stay in there'".

Callaway might not do much driving in the coming months, but the Browns seem ready to make him walk the long, hard road out of their dog house, if necessary. That was despite the fact that he was cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license, while bullets and a gun strap were found in his auto. Callaway didn't inform the Browns of the incident and they didn't find out until days later when the news was reported.

The wide receiver has a history of issues dating back to his time at the University of Florida, where he was suspended for his final season over a credit card fraud investigation.

But Callaway entered the National Football League in Stage 1 of the drug program because he had a watered-down sample at the National Football League combine.

Callaway had three catches (on seven targets) for 87 yards and a touchdown; on Monday, Jackson said the Florida product. "I thought it was better to make him play", Jackson said Sunday to ESPN.

For reference, the league's drug policy dictates that he could have been suspended for as many as four games, depending on how his first violation was classified.

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