Browns activate three from COVID-19 list
The Cleveland Browns activated three players from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, making them available for Sunday night’s wild-card game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh.
Activated were tight end Harrison Bryant, safety Ronnie Harrison Jr. and linebacker Malcolm Smith. In addition, safety Jovante Moffatt will be able to play after the league determined he was not a close contact with someone who had tested positive, the team said.
The Browns also elevated wide receiver Ja’Marcus Bradley, tackle Alex Taylor and cornerback A.J. Green from the practice squad on Saturday. Green was designated as a COVID-19 replacement.
ESPN reported that the Browns got the OK to hold a walkthrough on Saturday before their flight to Pittsburgh. That’s good news for the Browns, who were limited to just one short practice on Friday after at least five positive COVID-19 tests.
Among those testing positive were head coach Kevin Stefanski, who will miss the game. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will be the acting head coach and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt will call the plays against the Steelers.
Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio tested positive for the virus and won’t travel to Pittsburgh. Other players on the reserve/COVID-19 list include quarterback Denzel Ward and receiver KhaDarel Hodge.
–Field Level Media