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Rashard Higgins returns to practice, should help struggling receiving corps

BEREA — The depleted receiving corps could get a boost this week against the Chiefs.

Rashard Higgins returned to practice Thursday for the first time since spraining his right medial collateral ligament Oct. 7 against the Ravens. He’s missed three games, and the Browns offense has missed him.

Higgins has 16 catches for 244 yards, a 15.3 average and a touchdown in five games as the No. 3 receiver. He’s a reliable target and has a nice chemistry with quarterback Baker Mayfield after working together throughout training camp and the preseason on the second-team offense.

The receiving corps has been a sore spot since Higgins’ injury in the 12-9 win over the Ravens, the last victory before a three-game losing streak.

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Rookie Antonio Callaway has struggled with inconsistency, and Derrick Willies (broken collarbone) and Rod Streater (broken neck) were hurt and placed on injured reserve.

** Middle linebacker Joe Schobert (hamstring), defensive back Damarious Randall (groin) and center JC Tretter (ankle) didn’t practice for the second straight day. Schobert will likely miss his third straight game Sunday against the Chiefs, while Randall and Tretter have been able to play through the injuries.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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