2:15 PM ET
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield will be without the bulk of his receiving corps for Sunday’s game at the New York Jets, after contact tracing landed four wideouts on the reserve/COVID-19 list before the team took off from Cleveland.
Starting receivers Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins, along with key backups Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge, were all placed on the list after being identified as high-risk close contacts of a positive test. Cleveland announced earlier Saturday that a player had tested positive and later placed starting linebacker B.J. Goodson on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Cleveland’s flight to New Jersey was delayed by more than four hours as the team conducted contact tracing. Rookie linebacker Jacob Phillips was also placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
The Browns had only one active receiver left, Marvin Hall, and had to call up both Derrick Willies and rookie Ja’Marcus Bradley off the practice squad before a scheduled departure of 7 p.m. ET. None of the three has posted a reception with Cleveland this season.
Landry will be missing the first game of his seven-year NFL career, something he did not appear too happy about on social media.
Mayfield will at least have his