Sep 17, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) breaks up a pass intended for Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Browns activate CBs Denzel Ward, Kevin Johnson

Cleveland Browns cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson have been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced Wednesday.

Ward and Johnson sat out Cleveland’s 24-22 win over Pittsburgh in the season finale on Jan. 3 as well as the 48-37 victory over the Steelers in the AFC wild-card round last Sunday.

Their expected returns in the AFC divisional-round game will be a welcome one, considering the upstart Browns are visiting Patrick Mahomes and the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs.

Ward, 23, recorded an NFL-best 16 passes defensed to go along with 46 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble in 12 games this season. He has 143 tackles, seven interceptions and two forced fumbles in 37 career games (36 starts) since being selected by Cleveland with the fourth overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Ward was selected to the Pro Bowl during his rookie season.

Johnson, 28, has collected 35 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 13 games (six starts) this season for the Browns. He has 199 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one interception in 64 career games (25 starts) with the Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills and Browns.

–Field Level Media

Aug 19, 2020; Berea, Ohio, USA;  Cleveland Browns cornerback Kevin Johnson (28) prepares to tackle wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge (12) during training camp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Browns place CB Johnson on reserve/COVID list

The Cleveland Browns placed defensive back Kevin Johnson on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday, meaning he won’t play in the team’s crucial game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Johnson was slated to start in place of Denzel Ward after Ward was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week.

Johnson is among six Browns who will be out on Sunday due to COVID-19, joining Ward, linebackers B.J. Goodson and Malcolm Smith, safety Andrew Sendejo and tight end Harrison Bryant.

The Browns (10-5) clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Steelers (12-3). They would also clinch a spot with a Colts loss, or a Titans loss plus wins/ties from the Dolphins and Ravens.

Johnson, who has 35 tackles and a forced fumble this season, will likely be replaced by rookie A.J. Green, who the Browns promoted from the practice squad Saturday.

Green appeared in one game this season, a Week 3 win over the Washington Football Team.

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Aug 17, 2020; Berea, Ohio, USA;  Cleveland Browns cornerback Kevin Johnson (28) runs a drill during training camp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Browns CB Johnson out of hospital

Cleveland Browns cornerback Kevin Johnson is out of the hospital after suffering a lacerated liver and his playing status is now week-to-week.

He was taken to University Hospitals after being injured in practice on Wednesday and released Friday, the team announced Saturday.

Before he can return to the team facility, he must pass COVID-19 tests as required by NFL protocols.

Johnson, 28, was injured when another player fell on top of him. The Browns signed him to a one-year, $3.5 million contract in March and were looking to him as their starting nickel back.

Johnson recorded 36 tackles in 16 games (one start) with the Buffalo Bills last season. He has collected 164 tackles and one interception in 51 career games (19 starts) with the Texans and Bills after being selected by Houston with the 16th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Aug 17, 2020; Berea, Ohio, USA;  Cleveland Browns cornerback Kevin Johnson (28) runs a drill during training camp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Browns CB Johnson out of hospital

Cleveland Browns cornerback Kevin Johnson is out of the hospital after suffering a lacerated liver and his playing status is now week-to-week.

He was taken to University Hospitals after being injured in practice on Wednesday and released Friday, the team announced Saturday.

Before he can return to the team facility, he must pass COVID-19 tests as required by NFL protocols.

Johnson, 28, was injured when another player fell on top of him. The Browns signed him to a one-year, $3.5 million contract in March and were looking to him as their starting nickel back.

Johnson recorded 36 tackles in 16 games (one start) with the Buffalo Bills last season. He has collected 164 tackles and one interception in 51 career games (19 starts) with the Texans and Bills after being selected by Houston with the 16th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Aug 17, 2020; Berea, Ohio, USA;  Cleveland Browns cornerback Kevin Johnson (28) runs a drill during training camp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Browns CB Johnson sustains lacerated liver in practice

Cleveland Browns cornerback Kevin Johnson is nursing a lacerated liver sustained after a teammate landed on him in practice.

The Browns initially said that Johnson, 28, had an abdominal injury following Wednesday’s practice before noting tests revealed the damage to his liver.

The team said he is resting comfortably and is expected to remain hospitalized for another day of observation.

Johnson, who signed a one-year contract this offseason, is bidding to win Cleveland’s starting nickelback job.

Johnson recorded 36 tackles in 16 games (one start) with the Buffalo Bills last season. He has collected 164 tackles and one interception in 51 career games (19 starts) with the Texans and Bills after being selected by Houston with the 16th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media