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Browns Place CB Kevin Johnson on Reserve/COVID-19 List

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The Cleveland Browns have placed cornerback Kevin Johnson on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced Saturday night.

Johnson’s designation makes six Browns players and three in the secondary that will be unavailable for the regular season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

They will also be without cornerback Denzel Ward, safety Andrew Sendejo, tight end Harrison Bryant and linebackers B.J. Goodson and Malcom Smith. Cleveland also has three coaches sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols in offensive line coach Bill Callahan, assistant offensive line coach Scott Peters and wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea.

The NFL decided to take extra precautions on Sunday morning following Johnson’s positive test late Saturday night, opting to administer the Browns rapid-result on game day, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The additional testing revealed no new positives.

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Cleveland elevated cornerback A.J. Green from the practice squad to replace Johnson using the Contagious Disease addendum.

In his sixth season out of Wake Forest and first with Cleveland, Johnson has started six games for the Browns this season, recording three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a recovery.

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