The Cleveland Browns returned eight players from their COVID-19 list on Monday as the team began to prepare for Monday’s Week 17 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Defensive end Jadaeveon Clowney, guard Drew Forbes, safety Ronnie Harrison, cornerback Troy Hill, running back Kareem Hunt, defensive tackle Malik McDowell, tackle Jedrick Wills and linebacker Mack Wilson all returned to Cleveland’s active roster on Monday.
Clowney and McDowell should be expected to start along the defensive line for Cleveland, with Harrison assuming his starting role at strong safety. Hill could be an option to play at corner or Nickel alongside Greedy Williams and Denzel Ward with Greg Newsome still on the COVID-19 list.
Willis will re-take his spot at left tackle on a line that is still without center JC Tretter. Hunt will slot in alongside Nick Chubb as the 1A and 1B tailbacks.
In addition to Newsome and Tretter, defensive tackle Jordan Elliott, linebacker Tony Fields and kicker Chase McLaughlin remain on the COVID-19 list for the Browns. Linebacker Elijah Lee was added to the list on Monday.