COVID-19 couldn’t have hit the Cleveland Browns at a more inopportune time. After being without virtually their entire wide receiving corps on Sunday, the Browns will now add tight end Harrison Bryant and free safety Andrew Sendejo to the COVID-19 reserve list.
Bryant is Cleveland’s backup tight end while Sendejo is their starting free safety.
The number of Browns on the reserve list has now grown to eight players.
It’s not clear if Bryant and Sendejo tested positive for the virus or if they came in contact with someone who tested positive.
According to the NFL guidelines, a positive test would require a 10-day quarantine, but if this is a precautionary measure without a positive test, both players could return much earlier.
Of the six Browns players that went on the reserve list on Saturday, only linebacker B.J. Goodson tested positive for the virus. All other players could return to practice on Thursday if no new positive tests arise.
Cleveland is currently holding on to the seventh and final playoff spot in the AFC, and they’ll host the Steelers as 10-point favorites for a chance to qualify for their first postseason since the 2002 season. Pittsburgh is expected to rest several players on Sunday.
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