Corey Coleman's fractured hand adds to Browns' misfortune

BEREA, Ohio -- There is misfortune, and there is Cleveland Browns misfortune.

Misfortune prompts gnashing of teeth. Cleveland Browns misfortune turns teeth-gnashing into dentures.

There may be nothing like this in professional sports. In any sport. On any continent.

On Wednesday, wide receiver Corey Coleman fractured his hand in practice. With some teams, losing the first-round pick would be a blow. With the Browns, this only adds to the calamity that has taken place in the first two-plus weeks of the season.

In just 10 days, the Browns have lost ...

  • Starting quarterback Robert Griffin III to a broken coracoid bone in his left shoulder. He's likely done for the season.

  • Backup quarterback Josh McCown to a deep sprain in his left shoulder. He's expected to miss multiple games.

  • Center Cam Erving to a bruised lung. Erving left the stadium Sunday in an ambulance. He was back in the facility Wednesday, but nobody is sure how long he'll be out.

  • Coleman to a fractured bone in his hand (though the team did not reveal which hand). The Browns announced Thursday morning that Coleman will miss six weeks.

  • Defensive end Carl Nassib, also to a broken hand. Nassib was the most impressive rookie on defense. He's out this week after having surgery to repair a broken bone. If he plays next week, his hand will be wrapped and look like a club.

This is in two games, mind you.

Two quarterbacks, a center, a first-round pick who looked like a first-round pick on Sunday and a third-round pick who made plays every time he was on the field. Gone.

On Sunday, the Browns will start their third quarterback in three games -- and fifth in the past five going back to 2015. Anyone want odds on six in six the following week in Washington?

Hue Jackson will press on. His upbeat attitude seems irrepressible. He will promise (again) that his world is not rocked.

And he'll come up with something for Sunday that will look nothing like the "surrender game plan" some coaches use with a rookie quarterback and without the first-round pick. It's not in Jackson's personality to be anything but aggressive. So as he might say, here we go and let's see what happens.

But Coleman's injury matters -- in the short term and long term.

If Jackson was planning to use Coleman creatively in Miami -- end-arounds, slip screens -- that option is gone.

So, too, is seeing Coleman immediately build on the progress he showed in a strong game against Baltimore. That growth will be delayed until he returns, and with a rookie the growth can be delayed even longer. Also, when Coleman comes back he will be somewhat limited.

In training camp, Coleman started strong, hurt his hamstring, and it took him two or three weeks to regain his form.

The Browns are on a long-term build, and early struggles won't change that plan. But every injury -- and loss -- sure makes the short term that much more difficult.