While a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday would secure the Cleveland Browns their first playoff appearance since 2002, the soldiers fell in battle one after another.
In fact, fullback Harrison Bryant and linebacker Malcolm Smith are the last two players to contract COVID-19 within the Ohio organization. These two names are in addition to those of linebacker BJ Goodson and marauder Andrew Sendejo. Defensive back Denzel Ward also saw his name placed on the list of players unavailable due to COVID-19, bringing the total of players who will not be present on Sunday to five.
As a result, the club’s training center was temporarily closed and all morning activities were held at bay on Thursday.
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“The Cleveland Browns have been informed of two more positive COVID-19 tests among our players this morning,” a team statement read. The team will continue to work remotely this morning while following protocols, as the health and safety of our team, staff and the entire community remains our top priority. ”
By a 10-5 record, the Browns sit third in the North Division of the American Association. Only the Indianapolis Colts (10-5) can still hope to make their way to the playoffs among the teams currently excluded in the American during the 17th and final week of activities of the regular season.
The Steelers will be a tough opponent for the Browns, however, as they have lost just three games in the current campaign.
The Browns will, however, be able to count on the return of wide receivers Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donavan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge, as well as linebacker Jacob Philips, as their names have been removed from the list of players unavailable due to COVID. -19. These players had missed the game against the New York Jets, a disappointing 23-16 loss, last Sunday, due to the virus.