The Cleveland Browns will attempt to earn a playoff spot with out beginning linebacker B.J. Goodson, who will miss Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the New York Jets after testing optimistic for COVID-19.
Cleveland can doubtlessly lock up its first postseason berth since 2002 with a win, however Goodson is on the COVID-19 checklist and and his enjoying standing for the season finale on Jan. 3 in opposition to Pittsburgh can also be in query.
Per present NFL guidelines, any participant testing optimistic has to remain out a minimum of 10 days earlier than being eligible to return. After all, that additionally relies on the participant’s well being.
The Browns (10-4) did get some excellent news as beginning rookie left sort out Jedrick Wills was activated Saturday from the COVID-19 checklist after being positioned there Thursday because of shut contact with an individual outdoors the crew. Wills by no means examined optimistic.
After studying of Goodson’s consequence, the Browns delayed their flight to the New York space to do contact tracing. The crew had been scheduled to depart Cleveland at 2:45 p.m., however gamers had been instructed to remain dwelling till the tracing was completed.
The Browns are near ending the NFL’s present longest playoff drought. They will accomplish that with a win Sunday and a loss by Indianapolis, Miami or Baltimore.
Goodson has carried out a pleasant job solidifying Cleveland’s linebacking corps after the crew selected to not re-sign veterans Joe Schobert or Christian Kirksey. Goodson has been credited with 59 tackles, made two interceptions and supplied management for coach Kevin Stefanski.
Wills is a crucial a part of an offensive line that is taken some hits recently.
Beginning proper guard Wyatt Teller will miss his second recreation in a row with a sprained ankle and the Browns misplaced versatile lineman Chris Hubbard for the season with a knee damage suffered in a win over the Giants final week. Rookie Nick Harris will make his first profession begin in Teller’s spot.
Like quite a few NFL groups, the Browns have been coping with optimistic circumstances for a lot of the season. Defensive star Myles Garrett missed two video games after contracting the virus. He stated final week he was nonetheless scuffling with lingering results from the sickness and continued to endure respiration therapies.