The Browns announced Saturday that CB Denzel Ward won't come off the COVID list in time to face the Steelers on Sunday. Slot CB Kevin Johnson will also remain on the list. That leaves Cleveland down at least 2 of its top 3 corners against pass-heavy Pittsburgh. And we're waiting to see whether CB Terrance Mitchell will play. He's questionable with a non-injury issue.
Browns LB Mack Wilson returned to practice Monday for the 1st time since hyperextending a knee on Aug. 18. "To see him back out there was really outstanding," HC Kevin Stefanski said, according to Browns Wire. "He brings energy." Expect Wilson to return to the starting lineup as soon as he's ready. We'll see how quickly he can get back to full-time snaps. He sports the most IDP upside among Browns LBs. CB Greedy Williams (shoulder) and CB Kevin Johnson (lacerated liver) also returned to practice Monday. Neither had taken the field since suffering injuries in August. Williams should reclaim his starting spot opposite Denzel Ward as soon as he's ready. Johnson was expected to serve as the team's 3rd corner. Neither will be much of an IDP option, but their returns should help Cleveland's defense overall.