Rashard Higgins week-to-week with sprained MCL

Browns yet to discuss signing Dez Bryant according to Hue Jackson

Daryl Ruiter
October 08, 2018 - 1:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Browns receiver Rashard Higgins is week-to-week after tests revealed a sprained MCL head coach Hue Jackson said Monday.

An MRI revealed the sprain, but surgery will not be required.

Higgins suffered the injury during Sunday’s 12-9 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens to remain unbeaten at home and improve to 2-2-1 on the season.

Higgins caught three of four targets for 66 yards, including the only touchdown in the game – a 19-yard catch with 40 seconds remaining in the first half.

Through five games, Higgins ranks second on the team with 244 receiving yards and third with 16 receptions.  

“Obviously he was doing some really good things and we’ll miss him until we get him back because he’s been very consistent for our football team,” Jackson said.

Derrick Willies, an undrafted rookie free agent, replaced Higgins Sunday and caught three passes for 61 yards, including a 39-yard catch-and-run on third-and-8 with 2:00 left in overtime to keep the game-winning drive alive.

Veteran Rod Streater and sixth-round rookie Damion Ratley are also options that could leave the Browns filling the void until Higgins returns internally.

“I feel like these guys know our system, know exactly what we are looking for and know how to come in and practice the way that we do and understand what the opportunity would be for them,” Jackson said. “Not that I would not like somebody else who could really play, but it is just hard to find those kind of guys at this time – guys that can come in and really contribute right away – just because they have not practiced with you, do not know the system. Guys that you have to get caught up to speed, sometimes it just does not work out as well.”

Dez Bryant remains a free agent but the former Cowboy’s receiver does not appear to be on the Browns’ radar at this time.

“I haven’t spoken to John about that,” Jackson said. “We haven’t had a conversation about that at all.”