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 the club’s second-leading receiver in yards - for a few weeks as he deals with a sprained MCL.The Browns could turn to an aging and declining Dez Bryant Cleveland Browns Hoodie , who made a visit with the Browns while the Hard Knocks cameras were conveniently in town, or Rishard Matthews, who worked out for the club on Monday after being recently released by the Tennessee Titans.But Cleveland seems confident with what they have on the current roster, as head coach Hue Jackson said on Wednesday via clevelandbrowns.com:The loss of Higgins will stink, but only for a few weeks. (If his injury had required surgery the Browns would likely have brought in a wide receiver.) But his absence opens up opportunities for not only players like rookies Damion Ratley and Derrick Willies - who had a nice 39-yard catch-and-run in Sunday’s overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens - but also for tight end David Njoku and, at least in theory, running back Duke Johnson.Njoku continues to flash his athleticism and has caught a combined 11 passes in the past two games. Johnson hasn’t had very many opportunities this year, although he did lead running backs in offensive snaps against the Ravens Customized Cleveland Browns Jerseys , but he proved his ability last season when he set a franchise record for receptions by a running back, so putting the ball in his hands is never a bad thing.It may be hard to believe since it is the Browns, but the team may actually be in a position to absorb a short-term loss at wide receiver. Which, if true, is just the latest sign that things are turning around for the franchise.Browns continue to be linked to Dez Bryant Another day, another round of the Cleveland Browns reported interest in free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant.With the team back at practice in preparation for Friday’s preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, the attention was on the possible pairing of the team and the 29-year-old Bryant, who was released in the offseason after spending eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.Bryant has been vocal about the possibility of coming to town www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com , most notably late last week when he claimed on Twitter that he was coming to Cleveland this week for a visit:There has been no official word from the Browns on the visit, which has only kept people speculating about whether or not there is real interest on the part of the team.Wide receiver Jarvis Landry had possibly the most interesting reply to the situation when asked about Bryant by Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network:The Browns are certainly building toward a better future, but if winning is high on Bryant’s wish list, at least in 2018, then Cleveland is not the right place for him. And if Bryant still wants to be treated like a No. 1 wide receiver, well, that’s going to be a problem. Bryant’s production has fallen off the past few years as he has not posted a 1,000-yard receiving season since 2014. Last season he finished with 69 receptions for 838 yards Cleveland Browns T-Shirt , six touchdowns and an average of 12.1 yards per reception - all the lowest in Bryant’s career for a season where he played all 16 games.The idea of giving targets to Bryant that could otherwise be going to players like tight end David Njoku, running back Duke Johnson or wide receiver Antonio Callaway should be enough to give every Browns fan pause.Bryant would likely be the fourth or even fifth option in the passing game, which doesn’t seem as if it would go over very well with a player who always wanted to be the center of attention in Dallas.The Browns are not the only team potentially looking for a wide receiver, either, and the fact that there seems to be little interest in Bryant from around the league should be another warning sign against bringing him to town.There is one sure way to end the speculation, which is for general manager John Dorsey to come out and say the Browns are busy helping the players who are in camp “earn their stripes” and wish Bryant good fortune as he tries to find a new team.