Browns shut down facility, delay flight as Jarvis Landry, others ruled out vs. Jets due to COVID-19

The Browns have seasoned some unexpected turbulence on their way to New Jersey for Sunday’s activity towards the Jets. Fewer than 24 hours ahead of Cleveland is scheduled to kick points off at MetLife Stadium, the group announced that it has delayed its flight following a participant examined positive for COVID-19. The Browns have also shut their facility while get hold of tracing is underway. 

Cleveland is keeping conferences remotely as it “continues to check with with the NFL and clinical specialists on the acceptable following steps as the health and protection of our gamers, coaches, employees and the whole neighborhood stays our optimum priority.”

Arguably even additional dire: All a few of the Browns’ major huge receivers — Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones — have due to the fact been ruled out for the Jets activity following landing on the COVID-19 reserve listing. The wideouts have been at first deemed large-chance shut contacts to the virus but are now ineligible to go well with up.

“The Browns determine to lean on the working activity even additional than usual in Week 16 with their WR absences,” suggests CBS Fantasy analyst Chris Towers, who writes the daily Fantasy Soccer Currently newsletter. “That must signify your usual allotment ten-fifteen carries for Kareem Hunt and fifteen-20 for Nick Chubb, but it must also signify additional a increased target share for both, primarily Hunt who enhances in the RB2 standings for Week 16.

“The exact must be true for Austin Hooper and David Njoku, who encounter an amazingly matchup towards a Jets protection that is worst in the NFL towards limited finishes. Hooper is a worthwhile streaming TE, while Njoku is really worth a search in deeper leagues as nicely. Even so, it is really really worth maintaining in head that the Browns could just make a decision to operate the ball forty moments this 7 days Baker Mayfield has thrown twenty five or fewer passes five moments, and has some really serious draw back without having his major weapons. He falls back to the QB2 team.”

Offered Sunday’s now scheduled 1 p.m. kickoff time, the NFL may perhaps finally go the activity to a later on day on Sunday in buy to give the Browns additional adaptability as it relates to touring. Various teams this period have traveled on the day of their activity because of to difficulties brought about by COVID-19. The most modern group to do this was the Steelers, who traveled to Buffalo hours ahead of slipping to the Costs on “Sunday Night time Soccer.” 

Before this 7 days, the group put rookie offensive deal with Jedrick Wills and receiver Ryan Switzer on the reserve/COVID-19 listing. Before this thirty day period, the group put guard Wyatt Teller on their reserve/COVID-19 listing. He was activated by the group on December 13. 

Browns pass rusher Myles Garrett, who missed two games following testing positive for COVID-19, reported a short while ago that he is even now experience the results of the virus. Garrett was a short while ago named to his next Pro Bowl following recording eleven sacks and four forced fumbles in twelve games. 

“He continues to work difficult,” receiver Jarvis Landry a short while ago reported of Garrett, via Mary Kay Cabot of “Even right now, he was acquiring back to the quarterback and we are possessing to quit exercise really considerably simply because he is so disruptive. That is element of who he is. He is a tough participant, he enjoys the activity of football, he enjoys this group and he enjoys this neighborhood.

“That is one thing he has a good deal of satisfaction in. Him participating in by way of what ever he is going by way of, it would not surprise me. Once more, we are grateful to have a guy like that who’s willing to set the group ahead of himself in a perception, but primarily, we want him to be healthier to be in a position to support us.”

Cleveland (ten-four) can clinch a playoff berth on Sunday with a win and loss by the Ravens, Dolphins and Colts. If the Browns win and the Steelers drop to the viewing Colts, Cleveland’s Week 17 check out to Pittsburgh will ascertain which group will win the AFC North division title. The Browns have not created the postseason due to the fact 2002, and are looking for their to start with division crown due to the fact 1989.