New Browns starter Antonio Callaway was cited for marijuana possession on Sunday morning

Editor's note: Tony Grossi covers the Cleveland Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR.


Browns rookie receiver Antonio Callaway was promoted to the team’s starting offense on Monday.

The day before, Callaway was stopped in his vehicle for a traffic violation at 2:59 a.m. by Strongsville police and cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license.

The Browns traded former starting receiver and first-round draft pick Corey Coleman later that evening.

Callaway came to the Browns with a checkered past. He was suspended his last season at Florida for involvement in a credit card fraud case. After declaring for the draft, he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine in February.

For those reasons, Callaway was considered a risky draft choice and he fell to the fourth round. Browns GM John Dorsey traded up in the fourth round to select Callaway with the 105th overall pick of the draft. Dorsey said he considered Callaway a worthy risk because he evaluated him "first or second" among receivers in the draft, and the Browns had a strong support staff in place to steer Callaway on the right path.

But because of Callaway's test result at the Combine, he entered the NFL automatically enrolled in the league's substance abuse program. A violation could result in a league suspension, after the legal process plays out.

According to the police incident report obtained by ESPN Cleveland, Callaway was driving his vehicle and was stopped at 2:59 a.m. on Aug. 5 when officer Eric Schubert observed him failing to yield to oncoming traffic while turning onto Howe Road.

Callaway’s driver’s license was found to be suspended. Schubert also found “a small amount” of marijuana under the driver’s seat, per the report.

According to Deputy Chief John Janowski, the amount of marijuana was small enough to be regarded as a minor misdemeanor under Ohio law.

Callaway was picked up by a family member, per the report, and Callaway was cited to Strongsville Mayor’s Court at 9:30 Thursday morning.

The Browns may not have been aware of the incident.

Callaway was promoted to the first team on Monday. After practice, he appeared in front of news media, but wasn't asked about the incident because it wasn't known.

Despite the news, Callaway practiced with the first team on Tuesday. In a goal line drill, he scored a touchdown carrying the ball on an end-around run.

During practice, the Browns issued the following statement:

"We're aware of the citation [and] are in the process of gathering more information and will comment further at the appropriate time."