The Cleveland Browns will be without multiple key pieces in their upcoming Saturday matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Browns announced on Tuesday that eight players were placed on reserve/COVID-19 lists, including wide receiver Jarvis Landry; tight end Austin Hooper; right guard Wyatt Teller; left tackle Jedrick Wills, and defensive end Takk McKinley.
Also added was guard Drew Forbes, while receiver/kick returner JoJo Natson and tight end Ross Travis were placed on the Browns’ practice squad/COVID-19 list.
Reportedly, all eight Browns who tested positive Tuesday were vaccinated.
The Browns stand at 7-6 and tied with Cincinnati for second place in the AFC North, as they go into a weekend game against their AFC counterpart Las Vegas (6-7), who is coming off a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
In Cleveland’s recent 23-22 win over the Baltimore Ravens, they were without three of their usual starters: tight end David Njoku, punter Jamie Gillan, and linebacker Anthony Walker, Jr., who were all on the COVID list.
The Browns were placed in enhanced COVID-19 protocols after the latest round of testing and Tuesday’s meetings were held virtually. The afternoon walk-through practice was closed to the media.
As part of the protocols, all players, coaches, and tiered personnel are required to wear masks indoors and will be tested daily, but Stefanski was unsure how long that would last.