Browns LG Joel Bitonio and WR KhaDarel Hodge have tested positive for COVID and are out for Sunday's Wild Card game vs. the Steelers. Bitonio, one of the best Gs in the league, is the big loss. Hodge's absence locks Donovan Peoples-Jones in as Cleveland's #3 WR for this one. HC Kevin Stefanski also has COVID and won't be available for the Steelers game. The Browns offense is in an extremely tough spot.
Browns WRs Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, KhaDarel Hodge and Donovan Peoples-Jones have been activated from the COVID list. Barring a positive test, they'll all be back for Sunday's game vs. the Steelers.
Browns WRs Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge are eligible to be activated from the COVID list on Thursday if they continue to test negative, HC Kevin Stefanski said. So all 4 guys should be back for Sunday's game vs. the Steelers. We'll continue to monitor the situation.
Browns WRs Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge have been placed on the COVID list as high-risk close contacts and are out for Sunday's game against the Jets. Those are Cleveland's top 4 WRs. Marvin Hall is the only other WR on the active roster. Ja'Marcus Bradley and Derrick Willies are on the practice squad. We wouldn't mess with that situation in Week 16 fantasy lineups. TEs Austin Hooper, Harrison Bryant and David Njoku should be busy tomorrow. Baker Mayfield, meanwhile, goes from a solid QB1 play to a shaky QB2. Expect a run-heavy game plan from Cleveland.
Update: Bradley and Willies have been promoted from the practice squad.
The Browns have placed QB Baker Mayfield on the COVID list. We don't yet know whether he tested positive for the virus or came in contact with someone who did. Mayfield has a chance to be cleared in time for next weekend's game against the Texans if he doesn't have a positive test between now and then. If Mayfield is out for that one, Cleveland would turn to QB Case Keenum.
Update: NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that Mayfield came in contact with a COVID-positive individual. So he could be cleared as soon as Wednesday if he tests negative.
The forecast for today's Raiders-Browns game calls for sustained winds of 25-30 mph with gusts around 45 mph. If that holds, it'll be 1 of the windier games in recent memory. It'll definitely impact the deep passing and kicking games. We've scaled back our passing projections for both teams and would avoid both kickers in this game. We could see heavy doses of RBs Josh Jacobs and Kareem Hunt today.
Browns HC Kevin Stefanski said he pulled QB Baker Mayfield from Sunday's game in Pittsburgh because of his rib injury and that Mayfield is still the starter when healthy. We'll keep an eye on Mayfield's status this coming week. He has a much easier Week 7 draw vs. the Bengals.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield was pulled late in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Pittsburgh. No word yet on whether he's hurt or benched. Mayfield entered this one dealing with a rib injury and struggled mightily, completing 10 of 18 passes for 119 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. He was sacked 4 times. QB Case Keenum is in for Cleveland.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield (ribs) will start against the Steelers today, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. There was never much concern about Mayfield's availability, especially after he put in a full practice on Friday. He still figures to be operating at less than 100% today, though, adding risk to his fantasy profile.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield (ribs) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Steelers. He was limited in the week’s first 2 practices but was a full participant on Friday. HC Kevin Stefanski wouldn’t commit to Mayfield being available vs. Pittsburgh, but he seems to be trending that way. We’ll get his official status by noon ET on Sunday.
QB Baker Mayfield's rib X-rays Sunday came back negative, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. So Mayfield suffered no fracture when he took a hard shot late in Sunday's win over the Colts. He should be good to go for the Week 6 visit to Pittsburgh.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield injured his right (throwing) shoulder late in Sunday’s win over the Colts. He went to the medical tent before returning to finish out the game. As we saw with Jets QB Sam Darnold, though, that doesn’t necessarily mean Mayfield is out of the woods. His status bears monitoring this coming week.
Update: HC Kevin Stefanski said that Mayfield was getting X-rays on his ribs. We'll keep an eye on the situation.
The Browns have named Alex Van Pelt their OC. The former NFL QB has spent the past 14 seasons coaching in Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Green Bay and Cincinnati. He was an OC for just 1 of those years, though: for a 2009 Bills squad that ranked 30th in total yards and 28th in points with QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards. It's unclear whether Van Pelt or new HC Kevin Stefanski will call plays in Cleveland.
The Browns are set to hire Kevin Stefanski as their new HC. Stefanski has spent the past 14 seasons in Minnesota under multiple coaching staffs. He took over as interim OC late in the 2018 campaign and was named OC for 2019. The Vikings ranked 16th in total yards, 10th in yards per play and 8th in points this past year. They were the league's 3rd run-heaviest offense -- although assistant coach Gary Kubiak seemingly had a lot to do with that. We'll keep an eye on Stefanski's plans for a Browns offense loaded with talent.