NEWARK, NJ – Baker Mayfield is awake on Sunday morning and hopes it was a nightmare.
His fully comprehensive receiving duct was eliminated for Sunday’s game against the 1-13 Jets game as high-risk close contacts to BJ Goodson, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday did.
Jarvis Landry, who struggled to never miss a game in his career through injuries, would miss his first one as a close contact. So will Rushard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Khadel Hodge and linebacker Jacob Phillips.
Goodson will play the final two regular season games because a player who tests positive must remember them for at least 10 days.
The game will still be played, and the Browns have a chance to bring the division together for the first time in 18 years with one win.
Brown was heading to New Jersey on Saturday for the game when he received the news that Goodson had tested positive. He shut down his facility and his flight was delayed as he worked through contact tracing.
The only thing that would have been worse is if Mayfield was a close contact.
Goodson will be replaced by Tae Davis, Malcolm Smith or Mack Wilson, who were beiled last week due to the coach’s decision. For Wilson, it is a chance to capitalize on the Subpar’s play and what he earned gave him a healthy scratch last week.
“BJS does a good job,” Stephansky said on December 7, the day after Goodson was beaten 41–35 by Goodson. “He is definitely an emotional leader of the defense. You listen to it before you see it. He holds rallies to people during practice and during games. He is making big plays in these ball games to help us win. ”
On a brighter note for the Brons, the superb rookie season of left tackle Zaderick Wills Jr. will continue uninterrupted.
Wills were activated from the COVID-19 reserve list on Saturday and are set to face the Jets 1-13.
The Browns also elevated center Javon Patterson from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement.
It is an important game for the 10-4 browsers, who with the help of their AFC rivals can get their first playoff spot in 18 years. A win by the Browns and a loss or tie by the Revons, Dolphins or Colts earned them their first time since 2002.
The NFL has postponed the game this season not because of an unpublished COVID-19 outbreak on a team, but because Goodson is the only Brons player to have tested positive, the game is still on.
On Thursday, Wills was placed on the COVID-19 list as a close contact with a man outside the Browns organization who tested positive for the virus. The man was not involved with Wills’ charity event on Tuesday, in which he teamed up with the Urban League of Greater Cleveland to make $ 50,000 worth of gifts and cash donations to needy six families.
Had Wills not been activated, sixth year Kendall Lam would have started in his place. But Brown was confident all along that Wills would make his 15th start of the season as he is testing negative for the virus.
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“[Wills] Played well in that last game, “coach Kevin Stefanski said on Thursday. “He continues to improve. He is a young player. You see with the younger players that there are some great moments and there are some moments that he wants to improve. The good news is that he wants to do better and he is in practice. During and after (offensive line) Coach (Bill) works very hard with Callahan. “
Left guard Joel Bitonio was surprised and disappointed on Thursday to hear that Wills was on the list.
“It’s a big one,” he said. “Talk about a cheater starting every game and just being focused. Is it true? No, but the way he competes and some of the things he has done in Pass Pro… a lot of the stuff he has done has been done on one on an island. It has been impressive.
“We have a good rapport now. Me, him and Jessie (Tetter) are like working together on the left, and you have a habit like that guy. Apparently, he is a big part of our offense and a big piece of why we started here to turn the corner. “
According to profootballfocus.com, Wills is 14th in pass-blocking.
“He just keeps getting better every game,” receiver Jarvis Landry said. “He’s one of those guys down the left side of the line this entire season. We definitely need him.”