The Cleveland Browns have placed cornerback Kevin Johnson on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced Saturday night.
We've made the following roster moves:— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) January 3, 2021
Placed on reserve/COVID-19:
CB Kevin Johnson
Elevated from practice squad:
CB A.J. Green (Contagious Disease Addendum)
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.
The #Browns had one more positive COVID-19 case yesterday with a player who was experiencing symptoms, per source. Out of an abundance of caution, the league is doing some additional rapid-result tests this morning. So far, so good, and game remains on as scheduled vs. #Steelers.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 3, 2021
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.
SN’s Mike Asti on Sports Central: Changes Happening for Steelers, Future in Doubt
When your seasons ends the way the Pittsburgh Steelers season ended, there are going to be changes, in fact some may even argue it be would be insane to not make changes.
Steelers Now’s Mike Asti appeared on the Sports Central Show with Cory Giger to discuss recent news concerning the coaching staff and how different the Steelers will look during the 2021 season.
Cory even responds to Mike’s latest show of his own about the Mike Tomlin-Ben Roethlisberger era and what the not too distant future may be like for one of the NFL’s marquee franchises.
“Sports Central” airs daily on WRTA 98.5 and 1240 AM.
Report: Lions Expected to Hire Rams Exec Brad Holmes, Ending Kevin Colbert Speculation
he Detroit Lions are expected to hire Los Angeles Rams director of college scouting Brad Holmes as their next general manager, according to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN, effectively ending speculation that the organization was pursuing Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert for the role.
Lions expected to hire Los Angeles Rams' director of college scouting Brad Holmes as their new general manager, per source. They are finalizing a multi-year deal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2021
Colbert had been linked to the Lions for weeks, with multiple reports claiming the organization was infatuated with the Steelers general manager and actively courting him for their vacancy.
Those rumblings culminated Wednesday when Mike Stone of 97.1-FM The Ticket in Detroit reported Colbert and the Lions were close to a deal.
Ensuing reporting by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac contradicted Stone’s claim, saying the Lions had never reached out to the Steelers with an official interview request.
Just a day later, it appears Detroit has found their man in Holmes, and Colbert will remain in Pittsburgh. His current one-year contract runs through April’s draft.
According to ESPN, the Lions and Holmes, 41, have agreed to a five-year deal to make him the franchise’s new general manager.
Holmes’ hiring also means the Rams will be the first organization to be beneficiaries of the NFL’s new hiring initiatives for developing minority general manager and coaching candidates.
Los Angeles will receive a pair of compensatory third-round draft picks for developing Holmes, who began with the Rams as a public relations intern in 2003 and spent his entire career with the franchise.
Lions get the general manager they wanted…and the Rams now will become the first team to receive two third-round compensatory draft picks as part of the NFL's new hiring initiatives. https://t.co/BTk1zsjRne— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2021
Panthers Narrow GM Search, Steelers’ Omar Khan Left Out
The Carolina Panthers have narrowed their general manager search down to four candidates, and Pittsburgh Steelers vice president of football and business administration Omar Khan was not one of them.
Khan had been one of 15 individuals interviewed virtually for the position, but was not one of the final four the Panthers announced Wednesday as having been selected for a second round of in-person interviews.
Khan was considered a favorite for the vacancy given his familiarity with Panthers owner David Tepper, who was previously a Steelers minority owner.
Carolina was Khan’s second interview this hiring cycle, having also spoken with the Houston Texans for their opening last week. They ultimately hired former New England Patriots executive Nick Caserio as their new general manager.
Khan has been a coveted candidate of late, also interviewing with the Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks in recent years.
Khan has been with the Steelers organization since 2001, and has served in his current role as vice president of football and business administration since 2016.
Known for his salary cap wizardry, Khan also previously served as the organization’s director of football administration (2011-16) and football administration coordinator (2001-2011).
Carolina’s search has now been narrowed down to Tennessee Titans director of player personnel Monti Ossenfort, San Francisco 49ers vice president of player personnel Adam Peters, Kansas City Chiefs assistant director of player personnel Ryan Poles and Seattle Seahawks vice president of football operations Scott Fitterer. All conducted in-person interviews Tuesday or Wednesday.
A hiring decision from Carolina is expected later this week.