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.
Pittsburgh Fan to Serve as Honorary Captain for Super Bowl LV Coin Toss
The NFL is honoring three community leaders as honorary captains for the Super Bowl LV coin toss, including a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
James Martin, a Marine Corps veteran and community leader, will be recognized on the field for his selfless work in his community over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Martin has worked virtually with veterans through the Wounded Warriors Project, assisted Aliquippa high school in live-streaming football games for individuals unable to attend and opened his home to children in need, providing them stability and comfort within his own family.
The NFL informed Martin of the honor in a special way, having Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Steeler great Jerome Bettis surprise him with the exciting news via Zoom. Martin’s reaction is as priceless as you would expect.
“We are honored to recognize these three individuals who represent the best in all of us,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement Wednesday. “During this incredibly challenging time in our lives, Trimaine, Suzie, and James have exemplified the essence of leadership, each in their own way. We are grateful for their commitment and proud to share their stories and recognize them during this special moment on Super Bowl Sunday.”
Not only will Martin and his counterparts participate in the coin toss ceremony, they will also be honored by poet Amanda Gorman, the star of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, who will recite an original piece recognizing their efforts.
The league is also honoring educator Trimaine Davis and healthcare worker Suzie Dorner in addition to Martin.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs will face off in Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7 from Raymond James Stadium.
Mic Drop: Rooting for Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell Is Easy Choice
The idea that either Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell will become a Super Bowl champion after Super Bowl LV isn’t exactly something that makes Steelers fans excited for the big game. With that said, Mike Asti feels deciding who to root for should be an easy choice for Steelers fans. He wants to set the record straight once and for all of why Pittsburgh fans need to stop grouping the two former Steelers together.
While they both left the franchise in a cloud of drama, Le’Veon Bell doesn’t deserve to be treated as if he committed the same kind of sins against the Steelers that Antonio Brown did.
Former Steelers WR Martavis Bryant Signs with CFL’s Toronto Argonauts
Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is heading north for his next opportunity and signing with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts, the team announced Monday.
While Bryant is currently suspended indefinitely from the NFL, he has nothing preventing him from continuing his career in Canada. He has not played since 2018 following multiple violations of the league’s drug policy.
Selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Bryant spent the first three seasons of his career in Pittsburgh, catching 126 passes for 1,917 yards and 17 touchdowns. The Steelers traded Bryant to the Oakland Raiders prior to the 2018 season, but played in just eight games before the suspension.