The Browns, weary of the headaches he has caused them, waived wide receiver Antonio Callaway less than five hours before playing the Steelers on Nov. 14 at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Callaway was facing a 10-game suspension for using a banned substance, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. He has already been suspended the first four games of this season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
That isn’t all. Callaway was made inactive for the game with the Bills Nov. 10 because he arrived at FirstEnergy Stadium past the appointed time. He was reportedly late for a team meeting at team headquarters in Berea two days later.
The Browns filled Callaway’s roster spot by activating rookie offensive lineman Drew Forbes from injured reserve.
Callaway has eight catches for 89 yards and no touchdowns this season. He caught 43 passes for 586 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie.
Callaway is the third player from the Browns’ 2018 draft class to be eliminated from the roster this season. Offensive lineman Austin Corbett, picked 33rd overall, was traded to the Rams for a fifth-round pick. Linebacker Genard Avery, a fifth-round pick, was traded to the Eagles for a fourth-round pick.
In an unrelated piece of news, the Browns are one of several teams planning to attend a workout for unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Browns co-owner Dee Haslam announced on Nov. 14 at City Club of Cleveland. Haslam said watching the workout is in line with Dorsey’s policy of exploring all possibilities to make the Browns better.
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since 2016. He is best known in recent years for kneeling for the national anthem.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in 2016. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Ten other teams have also committed to the Kaepernick workout, according to the NFL.