The Cleveland Browns are dealing with another major injury as Corey Coleman broke his hand at practice Wednesday, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. The injury is believed to have occurred when a teammate landed on it after he had caught a pass. The Browns confirmed Coleman suffered a fractured hand and are still evaluating the injury to determine a recovery timeline, but he’s not expected to need surgery.
“He’s a good player. He’s a really good player. No hate whatsoever, man,” Norman said, via NFL.com. “The guy can play ball. I think the competitor in me likes that. Just a challenge to get up for that. He’s a good player.”
Beckham, for his part, also said he has no feelings about seeing Norman for the first time since their melee. “Honestly, there really is a bigger concern. Division game, 2-0 start to the year. Really focused on going 3-0,” he said, via Giants.com. “Wherever I go, wherever I lineup, that’s my job. The same way it would be whoever’s job it is to stop me. My job is to win over there. The biggest concern is winning, winning this game.”
Those words are strikingly different than what Beckham and Norman were saying about each other just a couple of months ago. In a July interview with GQ, Beckham kept up the trash talk. “The reason he’s become relevant is because of me,” he said. Norman responded by saying Beckham is only relevant “because of a catch,” an allusion to OBJ’s sensational one-handed touchdown grab on Sunday Night Football two years ago.
Just last week, some of Beckham’s teammates were belittling Norman for not covering Steelers No. 1 wideout Antonio Brown in Washington’s season opener. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins said Norman should’ve been on Brown all game — regardless of the game plan. Cruz suggested Norman ducked Brown and dared him to cover OBJ when the two teams match up.
But now, the tone between Beckham and Norman is tame. It appears as if the rigors of a new season have caused the two rivals to turn their attention elsewhere. Given the divisional implications of Sunday’s contest, that may be the wise move to make — even if it makes it less fun for all of us.
The Bears did not list Cutler on the injury report for Week 2, but he was not limited in practice at all during the week, so they are not required to do so.
When Peterson was removed from the game against the Packers, he was unable to put any weight on his right leg. He was helped from the field and examined on the sideline, and then he made his way to the locker room for further evaluation with assistance. After the game, Peterson left the locker room in a brace and on crutches.
The Vikings’ opponents have been selling out to stop the run this season, limiting Peterson’s production. He gained just 31 yards on 19 carries against the Titans in Week 1, and 19 yards on 12 carries in the win over the Packers.