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Left tackle Jedrick Wills, receiver Rashard Higgins cited for drag racing in Westlake

Browns rookie left tackle Jedrick Wills and receiver Rashard Higgins were cited for drag racing Tuesday morning in Westlake, according to court records.

Two cars were stopped by police and given traffic citations, one with Texas license plates — Higgins is from Dallas — and one with Georgia plates, according to the Westlake Police incident report obtained by The Chronicle-Telegram. The report listed the time as 9:26 a.m.

The location was at Coventry Drive and Crocker Road.

A substance suspected as a marijuana joint was found and destroyed on camera under officer supervision, the report said. The initial report didn’t state in which vehicle or on what person the suspected marijuana was found. The full report is expected to be available Wednesday.

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The initial arraignment date is Jan. 19 in Rocky River Municipal Court.

“We are aware of the incident, will gather more information and handle this matter appropriately,” a team spokesman told The Chronicle.

Browns receiver Rashard Higgins is tackled Dec. 20 in a game against the Giants at East Rutherford, N.J.
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Higgins didn’t seem to take the citation seriously.

“Foot slipped srry,” he tweeted.

He then tweeted “Was Tryna get away from Covid,” before quickly deleting both.

Wills defended his actions.

“So nobody has ever tried to beat someone off the line at a red light for a max 30 meters?” he tweeted. “Ight.. Blowing it way out of proportion. Ik y’all road ragers have”

The Browns play the Steelers on Sunday night in the first round of the playoffs. Tuesday is the players’ day off.

The Browns were consumed with a COVID-19 outbreak. Coach Kevin Stefanski, left guard Joel Bitonio, receiver KhaDarel Hodge, tight ends coach Drew Petzing and defensive backs coach Jeff Howard tested positive and won’t participate Sunday.

The team facility in Berea was closed as contact tracing was conducted.

Wills was the No. 10 pick out of the University of Alabama in April. He’s started 15 games.

He also has a pending speeding case from Nov. 21. He was cited going 82 mph in a 60 mph zone by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Higgins became a starter when Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament Oct. 25. Higgins has 37 catches for a career-high 599 yards, a 16.2 average and four touchdowns in 13 games.

He was a fifth-round draft pick in 2016. He signed a one-year contract for the $910,000 veteran minimum to return this year as a free agent.

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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