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Browns defense takes another hit as team places CB Kevin Johnson on reserve/COVID-19 list

Kevin Johnson
Posted at 8:49 PM, Jan 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-02 20:50:16-05

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns’ defense took yet another hit from COVID-19 after a player was placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday evening, just hours before the scheduled game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cornerback Kevin Johnson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday evening, joining cornerback Denzel Ward, linebackers Malcolm Smith and B.J. Goodson and safety Andrew Sendejo, who are also on the list.

The Browns elevated cornerback A.J. Green from the practice squad (Contagious Disease Addendum) after placing Johnson on the list.

Cleveland was forced to close its facility Saturday morning after another member of the coaching staff tested positive for COVID-19.

After closing the facility to conduct contact tracing, the team announced that offensive line coach Bill Callahan and assistant offensive line coach Scott Peters will not be coaching in Sunday’s game.

On a positive note, the Browns activated safety Karl Joseph from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, giving some support to a depleted defense.

Green will join M.J. Stewart, Terrence Mitchell, Tavierre Thomas and Robert Jackson on the depth chart at cornerback. The rookie was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State and has spent the season on the Browns’ practice squad.

As of Saturday evening, Sunday's game against the Steelers is still on as scheduled.

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BROWNS 2020 SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · Aug. 13-17 · At Chicago Bears - CANCELED

WEEK 2 · Aug. 20-24 · At Green Bay Packers - CANCELED

WEEK 3 · Aug. 30 · Minnesota Vikings - CANCELED

WEEK 4 · Sep. 3-4 · Tampa Bay Buccaneers - CANCELED

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · L · Sun 9/13 · Baltimore Ravens - 38, Browns - 6

WEEK 2 · W · Thu 9/17 · Browns 35, Cincinnati Bengals - 30

WEEK 3 · W · Sun 9/27 · Browns - 34, Washington Football Team - 20

WEEK 4 · W · Sun 10/4 · Dallas Cowboys - 38, Browns - 49

WEEK 5 · W · Sun 10/11 · Browns - 32, Indianapolis Colts - 23

WEEK 6 · L · Sun 10/18 · Pittsburgh Steelers - 38, Browns - 7

WEEK 7 · W · Sun 10/25 · Cincinnati Bengals - 34, Browns - 37

WEEK 8 · L · Sun 11/1 · Browns - 6, Las Vegas Raiders - 16

WEEK 9 · BYE

WEEK 10 · W · Sun 11/15 · Browns - 10, Houston Texans - 7

WEEK 11 · W · Sun 11/22 · Browns - 22, Philadelphia Eagles - 17

WEEK 12 · W · Sun 11/29 · Jacksonville Jaguars - 25, Browns - 27

WEEK 13 · W · Sun 12/6 · Tennessee Titans - 35, Browns - 41

WEEK 14 · L · Mon 12/14 · Browns - 42, Baltimore Ravens - 47

WEEK 15 · W · Sun 12/20 · Browns - 20, New York Giants 6

WEEK 16 · L · Sun 12/27 · Browns - 16, New York Jets 23

WEEK 17 · W · Sun 1/3 · Browns 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 22

Post-season

NFL Wild Card Round - W · Sun 1/10, Browns 48, Steelers 37

NFL Divisional Round · L · Sun, 1/17, Browns 17, Chiefs 22