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Browns RBs Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton won't come off COVID-19 list for Patriots game

Nick Chubb
Posted at 3:04 PM, Nov 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-12 15:17:24-05

CLEVELAND — While the Browns remained hopeful that two of their running backs would have a chance to play on Sunday on the road against the New England Patriots, those hopes came to an end Friday with head coach Kevin Stefanski announcing Nick Chubb, Demetric Felton and John Kelly would not be cleared to play.

Chubb and Felton tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday, one day after Kelly was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

If a vaccinated player tests positive for COVID-19 they must immediately isolate but can rejoin the team if they remain symptom-free and have two negative tests 24 hours apart. If symptomatic, the vaccinated player has to remain in isolation until asymptomatic for 48 hours and has two negative tests.

The team was hopeful with Chubb and Felton being vaccinated that they had a chance to play if they had two negative tests 24 hours apart. Those hopes did not pan out.

With Chubb, Felton and Kelly all ruled out for Sunday's game, D'Ernest Johnson will get his second start of the season. In his first start, Johnson helped the Browns get a win against Denver with 146 rushing yards on 22 carries, and 22 receiving yards on two catches, gashing the Broncos defense, getting his first NFL touchdown and earning the NFL's FedEx Ground Player of the Week award.

Johnson was deemed a close contact of the other running backs with COVID-19, but he is vaccinated and has tested negative, allowing him to practice all week and play on Sunday.

While the Browns ruled out their running backs on the COVID-19 list, the team is still hopeful they'll have linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah back from the injured reserve list.

Owusu-Koramoah was designated to return from the injured reserve list Wednesday after missing the last three games with a high ankle sprain and can be activiated for Sunday's game any time before 4 p.m. Saturday.

Stefanski said that they'll keep monitoring Owusu-Koramoah and make the decision closer to the 4 p.m. deadline Saturday.

RELATED: Browns hopeful for Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah's return ahead of Patriots game

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BROWNS 2021 SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · W · Sat 8/14 · 7:00 PM at Jacksonville Jaguars (23-13)
WEEK 2 · W · Sun 8/22 · 1:00 PM vs. New York Giants (17-13)
WEEK 3 · W · Sun 8/29 · 8:00 PM at Atlanta Falcons (19-10)

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · L ·Sun 9/12 · 4:25 PM EST at Kansas City Chiefs (33-29)

WEEK 2 · W · Thu 9/19 · 1:00 PM EST Houston Texans (31-21)

WEEK 3 · W · Sun 9/26 · 1:00 PM EST Chicago Bears (26-6)

WEEK 4 · W · Sun 10/3 · 1:00 PM EST at Minnesota Vikings (14-7)

WEEK 5 · L· Sun 10/10 · 4:05 PM EST at Los Angeles Chargers (47-42)

WEEK 6 · L· Sun 10/17 · 4:05 PM EST Arizona Cardinals (37-14)

WEEK 7 · W · Thu 10/21 · 8:20 PM EST Denver Broncos (17-14)

WEEK 8 · L · Sun 10/31 · 1:00 PM EST Pittsburgh Steelers (15-10)

WEEK 9 · W · Sun 11/7 · 1:00 PM EST at Cincinnati Bengals (41-16)

WEEK 10 · L · Sun 11/14 · 1:00 PM EST at New England Patriots (45-7)

WEEK 11 · W · Sun 11/21 · 1:00 PM EST Detroit Lions (13-10)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/28 · 8:20 PM EST at Baltimore Ravens (NBC)

WEEK 13 · BYE

WEEK 14 · Mon 12/12 · 1:00 PM EST Baltimore Ravens (CBS)

WEEK 15 · Dec. 18/19 · TBD Las Vegas Raiders (TBD)

WEEK 16 · Sat 12/25 · 4:30 PM at Green Bay Packers (FOX/NFLN/AMZ)

WEEK 17 · Mon 1/3 · 8:15 PM EST at Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN)

WEEK 18 · Sun 1/9 · 1:00 PM EST Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)