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AP Source: Browns' Britt violated curfew last week in Texas

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By TOM WITHERS

AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) Kenny Britt's disappointing start with the Browns worsened.

Britt and fellow wide receiver Corey Coleman were sent back to Cleveland last week for missing curfew while the team was in Houston to play the Texans, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press on Saturday.

The players missed Saturday night's curfew and were told to leave the following morning. They were fined and apologized to their Browns teammates, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on the matter.

The Browns lost 33-17 and fell to 0-6 and 1-21 in two seasons under coach Hue Jackson.

Britt has not delivered in his first season with the Browns, who signed him to a four-year, $32.5 million contract in March. He has eight catches for 121 yards in four games and has been plagued by dropped passes and penalties.

NFL Network first reported the issues with Britt and Coleman.

Earlier this week, Jackson said there was still time for Britt to salvage his season.

"Obviously, there are 10 games left so yes, he can," Jackson said. "It starts this week. He needs to go out and make plays for the football team, create separation for the quarterback so the quarterback feels comfortable letting the ball go and be a steadying influence among that group as we go forward, and I think he can do that. He has to go do it - he knows it - on a consistent basis. It's a one-week opportunity. Here's his resume this weekend. We'll go from there and keep moving forward."

The 29-year-old Britt has been slowed by groin and knee injuries but is expected to play Sunday against Tennessee. Britt was drafted by the Titans in 2009 and spent five seasons with the team.

Coleman, a first-round pick last year, has missed the past four games with a broken hand. He broke the same hand last season, causing him to miss six games. He finished with 33 catches for 413 yards, hardly the production the Browns envisioned for the No. 15 overall pick.

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Updated October 21, 2017

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