BEREA, Ohio (WJW)– The Cleveland Browns continue to prepare to host the Las Vegas Raiders as they deal with COVID-19 issues.
Head coach Kevin Stefanski and quarterback Baker Mayfield are just two on a lengthy list of members on the COVID-19 list. Safety Ronnie Harrison became the latest addition.
It’s likely Case Keenum will start at QB for the Browns. But Stefanski said they are not ruling anyone out yet.
On Thursday, the Browns activated tight ends David Njoku and Stephen Carlson from the COVID-19 list. They also activated quarterback Nick Mullens from practice squad and signed wide receiver Lawrence Cager to the active roster.
Defensive ends Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney did not practice Wednesday. Clowney did not practice on Thursday. Stefanski said Clowney has a non-COVID illness and they are being smart. Both are expected to play Saturday.
In non-COVID Browns news, running back Kareem Hunt is out with an ankle injury, and cornerback Greg Newsome and wide receiver Anthony Schwartz are both out with concussions. Tight end Harrison Bryant and defensive tackle Malik Jackson are listed as questionable.
Here is the list of Browns members on the COVID list:
- HC Kevin Stefanski
- Acting RB Coach Ryan Cordell
- QB Baker Mayfield
- WR Jarvis Landry
- CB Troy Hill
- DT Malik McDowell
- DE Ifeadi Odenigbo
- S John Johnson
- TE Austin Hooper
- OT Jedrick Wills
- G Wyatt Teller
- G Drew Forbes
- DE Tak McKinley
- WR Jojo Natson
- S Ronnie Harrison
The Browns and Raiders kick off at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Head coach Kevin Stefanski, who says he’s feeling fine, watched Thursday’s practice via video.
Stefanski says there are no updates on the players who have tested positive for COVID-19. He says they have to stay ready. Safety Ronnie Harrison was added to the list.
“I don’t know if we’re ruling anyone out yet,” Stefanski says.
He says he expects Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney, who has an illness, to play Saturday. ‘
Tight end David Njoku says he feels amazing. “Through my COVID experience, I had no symptoms. I feel completely normal.”
“It was frustrating not being able to go out there with my teammates, with my brothers. It’s a sense of powerlessness.”
“It’s a lot of mental toughness… Every positive test is an extra curveball we have to hit.”
Njoku says he believes fellow tight end Harrison Bryant will be ready for Saturday.
“All the trust and confidence I have in both Baker and Case… We’re not slowing down. Foot on the gas. We’re firing up, whether it’s Baker or Case.”
Defensive end Myles Garrett on being the first Brown in the Madden 99 club: “I feel pretty damn good…. Hopefully it’s not the last time.”
“Guys who are bigtime playmakers on this team, we’re going to have to show it. No one’s going to make excuses for us. No one’s going to feel sorry for us.”
Garrett says he doesn’t see this game with different importance. “We gotta win out.”
On COVID: “I’m trying to be careful. Trying to handle it the best I can…. I’m not trying to catch it. Even if I’m asymptomatic. There’s no telling what it can do to my loved ones.”
On what he would change with COVID policies: “We should got ahead and test and then let people in the building… The lack of testing we’ve done all year I kind of feel has led to this point. Only testing one time a week and guys doing their own thing on Monday and Tuesday with their time off. It’s kind of recipe for disaster.” He says he’s fine with two negative tests before playing.