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WR Antonio Callaway a healthy scratch for today’s game vs. Bills; S Damarious Randall returns after 2-game absence

CLEVELAND — Receiver Antonio Callaway is a surprise inactive for today’s game vs. the Buffalo Bills at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Free safety Damarious Randall will return after missing two games with a hamstring injury. He had been listed as questionable on the official injury report.

Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

Callaway being inactive for the first time in his two-year career was a coaches’ decision. He had played all four games as the No. 3 receiver since returning from a four-game drug suspension to start the season, catching eight passes for 89 yards.

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But Callaway lacked the desired consistency and turned a touchdown into an interception when a pass went off his hands at the goal line in a loss to the 49ers in his return.

Randall should help a safety unit that is without Jermaine Whitehead (cut Monday) and Eric Murray (inactive, knee). Randall was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday and a full participant Friday.

He’s played four games this season — he missed two early with a concussion — and has 20 tackles, two sacks and three passes defensed.

The absence of Callaway, who went through pregame warm-ups, should mean more playing time for Rashard Higgins as the third receiver. Running back Kareem Hunt, who will make his Browns debut after serving an eight-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, could also see time at receiver.

Higgins had 39 catches for 572 yards and four touchdowns last year but only three catches for 48 yards in three games this year. He sprained a knee in the opener, was inactive for four games and hadn’t regained his playing time.

The other inactives are: defensive end Olivier Vernon (knee), tight end Ricky Seals-Jones (knee), tackle Kendall Lamm (knee), cornerback Robert Jackson and receiver Taywan Taylor.

Chad Thomas will make his first start in place of Vernon. He was a third-round pick in 2018.

Randall, receiver Jarvis Landry and cornerback/special teamer Tavierre Thomas will serve as the game captains.

 

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