The Cleveland Browns offense will be short handed when they visit the New York Jets on Sunday, as the club placed four wide receivers on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday night, including top target Jarvis Landry.
In addition to Landry, wideouts Rashard Higgins, KhaDarel Hodge, Donovan Peoples-Jones and linebacker Jacob Phillips were also placed on the list following likely high-risk, close contact with an infected individual.
We've placed WR Rashard Higgins, WR KhaDarel Hodge, WR Jarvis Landry, WR Donovan Peoples-Jones & LB Jacob Phillips on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 26, 2020
In addition, we've elevated (Contagious Disease Addendum) WR Ja’Marcus Bradley, LB Montrel Meander & WR Derrick Willies from the PS. pic.twitter.com/sCSte9PejF
The only Browns wide receiver not ruled out for Sunday is Marvin Hall, who has caught 17 passes for 290 yards and two scores this season. Wide receivers Ja’Marcus Bradley and Derrick Willies and linebacker Montrel Meander were all activated from the practice squad.
Saturday’s announcement is a major blow for quarterback Baker Mayfield and the Browns passing attack, as the trio of Landry, Higgins and Peoples-Jones have accounted for 115 receptions, 1,626 yards and nine touchdowns this season.
With the Browns in the thick of the playoff race in the AFC, the mass exodus of pass catchers from the lineup could not come at a worse time.
While it is unknown if any of the players have tested positive or are just in quarantine after potential exposure, that designation could impact their availability for the Browns’ Week 17 meeting with the Steelers as well.
Players that have tested positive with symptoms are required to sit out at least 10 days. Those simply in precautionary quarantine can return in as soon as five.