With their greatest recreation in years simply days away, the Cleveland Browns added two extra gamers to their prolonged COVID-19 record.
Beginning security Andrew Sendejo and rookie tight finish Harrison Bryant had been positioned on the record Tuesday, giving Cleveland eight gamers on the record. It isn’t but recognized if Sendejo or Bryant examined constructive for the virus or if that they had shut contact with an contaminated particular person.
Each performed in Sunday’s 23-16 loss to the New York Jets, when the Browns (10-5) had been lacking six gamers, together with their prime 4 large receivers, as a consequence of COVID-19 protocols.
If they’re constructive, Sendejo and Bryant must sit out 10 days from the time of their check and would miss Sunday’s recreation in opposition to Pittsburgh.
The Browns will make the playoffs for the primary time since 2002 with a win over the Steelers, who will relaxation beginning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Final weekend, beginning linebacker B.J. Goodson examined constructive and receivers Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge together with rookie linebacker Jacob Phillips had been positioned on the COVID record as a result of they had been deemed high-risk shut contacts to Goodson.
The gamers had been collectively within the workforce’s restoration pool space.
Goodson has to take a seat out this week’s recreation, however the different 5 are all eligible to return to apply Thursday so long as they check destructive.
Rookie left sort out Jedrick Wills was stored out of Sunday’s recreation as a precaution with COVID-like signs. He had been activated a day earlier after beforehand happening the COVID record as a consequence of contact with an individual exterior the workforce who examined constructive.
Browns coach Kevin Stefanski has been vigilant about preserving his gamers protected and following NFL and workforce tips. He addressed the latest points with gamers and mentioned the workforce would study from any missteps up to now week.
The Browns refused accountable their loss Sunday on lacking so many gamers, however defensive sort out Larry Ogunjobi mentioned the state of affairs was a jarring reminder to not have any lapses.
“It could occur identical to that,” he mentioned. “It’s all across the league and it’s simply one of many issues that it’s occurring and also you perceive how severe this factor will be and the way shortly it might change the tide.
“We’ve got to proceed to be proactive. You need to proceed to verify your teammates, verify your self, look your self within the mirror and see what you might be doing to be extra preventative and extra aware of the state of affairs. It’s simply one thing that may’t be taken evenly.”
Sendejo, who signed with Cleveland as a free agent in March, has began 14 video games. He returned Sunday after lacking one recreation with a concussion.
A fourth-round choose, Bryant has began 9 video games and made 24 catches for 238 yards and three touchdowns. He had three catches for 37 yards on Sunday, but additionally had a drop throughout Cleveland’s closing drive.