CLEVELAND, Ohio – Stylers quarterback Mason Rudolph took a hefty break on New Year’s Eve when Browns Cornback’s Denzel Ward tested positive for the Covid-19, a league source told Cleveland.com. Will fall. .
Ward was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list on Thursday and will also miss the playoff game as he will have to be separated for at least 10 days.
If the Brows captured the playoff berth by beating the Stiffers on Sunday, Ward would close it out for the first playoff game with a 10-day minimum isolation period. If the game is on January 9th, Ward will have to sit out. If it’s January 10th, he’ll be able to play.
If the Browns win at Firstney Stadium on Sunday, it is possible that the Browns could face the Steelers in the first round of the playoffs at Heinz Field next weekend.
The Browns’ top cornbuck, Ward was one of three more Browns players who tested positive on Thursday. The other two linebackers are McCullum Smith and tight end Harrison Bryant. As a result, after consulting with NFL office fees, Brown closed his facility all day and canceled the practice.
The Browns have two other players who will sit out the Steelers game after a positive COVID-19 test: linebacker B.J. Goodson and safety fee Andrew Sandejo. Despite three new positive tests, Sunday’s game is still on, the NFL said.
The Brows also activated five key players from the COVID-19 reserve list on Thursday: recipients Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Khaderel Hodge and linebacker Jacob Phillips.
Brown was eager to get his four top receivers and Phillips back into practice on Thursday, but it never materialized. The day began with Smith and Bryant’s testing positive, and Brown shut down their facility until he gave them another day’s notice.
While they awaited the results of contact tracing, they held regular scheduled zoom video conferences with coach Kevin Stefansky, offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt, defensive coordinator Wood Woods and special teams coordinator Mike Prefer.
All were eager to get some players back today and get into the business of trying to beat the Stutters on Sunday.
If the Browns win, they will get their first playoff berth in 18 years. If they lose, they will have to count on the Colts losing 1-14 to the Jaguars or any other multi-team scenario.
According to Gary Dulek of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, three positive tests on Thursday came in the wake of news coming out of Pittsburgh the same day that pro bowlers T.J.
With the start of the Mason Rudolph game, it looked like the Browns were a lock to pull off their 17-year playoff drought, the longest in the NFL. But now, with more key Browns on the list of players, nothing is certain.
The Browns defense has been particularly hard hit for the game – and there are still two days left for players to test positively or to identify as high-risk close contacts. Browns and Ward will be without Ward, Goodson, Sandejo and Smith.
They also have two linebackers who suffered ankle injuries during the Jets’ 23-26 loss, and who were limited in practice on Wednesday: Sion Takitaki and Tai Davis.
But the Browns have other players back on the lineup that will help tremendously: left-hander Jeddick Wills Jr. has returned from his illness and Wyatt Taylor will probably return from his ankle. Safety Ronnie Harrison will return after missing four games with his shoulder injury.
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