Ex-Browns WR Corey Coleman suspended for substance abuse violations

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Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman has been suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Commissioner Roger Goodell made the suspension official on Tuesday’s NFL transactions report.

Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports that the substance abuse was related to performance-enhancing drugs.

Coleman is currently a free agent. He spent the first portion of the 2020 season on the New York Giants’ practice squad before being released in November. He has not played in an NFL game since 2018, also with the Giants.

The troubled wideout was a first-round pick by the Browns in 2016, No. 15 overall. He struggled throughout his two seasons in Cleveland, catching just 56 of the 131 passes thrown his way, netting 718 yards and five touchdowns. The Browns traded Coleman to Buffalo for a seventh-round pick during the 2018 preseason.

Coleman can still sign with a team and participate in the offseason activities, but he will miss the first six regular-season games upon his return to the NFL.