There was a reason Antonio Callaway played almost all of the Browns preseason opener Thursday.
The 21-year-old wide receiver was reportedly stopped by police and cited for marijuana possession as well as driving with a suspended license earlier this month. Officers also reportedly discovered part of a gun and bullets in the car.
Cleveland coach Hue Jackson said Sunday he left Callaway on the field as punishment for the incident.
“That was part of the consequence of what he has been through, and he knows it,” Jackson said (via ESPN). “That is what it was. Either you sit him or make him play. I thought it was better to make him play.
“Make him play as long as he could. There were a couple of times he kept waving to come out, and we said, ‘No, stay in.'”
The Browns selected Callaway out of Florida in the fourth round of the 2018 draft. He hauled in three passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in Cleveland’s 20-10 preseason victory over the Giants.
“There were times he had his hands … on his head like this, and he was ready to go to the sideline,” Jackson said. “We said, ‘Uh-uh, you are back in there.’ He fought through it, came out the other side of it and made some plays. That was good.”
The Browns will play the Bills in their second preseason game Friday. They’ll face the Steelers in Week 1 action Sept. 9.