The Cleveland Browns will already be without their head coach, Kevin Stefanski, for Sunday’s Wild Card game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers after a positive COVID-19 test this week. Cleveland could be without significant players as well for their first playoff game in 18 years.
Browns final injury report
Questionable: T Jack Conklin (knee, illness), DE Myles Garrett (shoulder), CB Terrance Mitchell (not injury related), WR Donovan Peoples-Jones (concussion), DT Sheldon Richardson (neck), CB M.J. Stewart (calf), G Wyatt Teller (ankle)
Notable players on in-week report who were removed from final: Jarvis Landry (hip),
How injuries may affect Browns vs. Steelers matchup
The Browns practiced as a team for the first time this week on Friday, and Conklin was absent due to an undisclosed illness. Conklin was named a first team All-Pro on Friday while Teller was named to the second team. Teller was a limited participant all week due to an ankle ailment. The Browns can’t afford to lose them against the Steelers’ fierce pass rush, especially since guard Joel Bitonio has already been ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19 this week. Their absence would deal a huge blow to the team’s running game as well.
Garrett was limited on Friday after being listed as a full participant for the team’s remote practices on Wednesday and Thursday. He has 12 sacks in 14 games. Richardson was limited in each practice, but Stefanski said Friday that he was confident that Garrett and Richardson would play against the Steelers.
Peoples-Jones has passed through the league’s concussion protocol and was able to practice for the first time this week.