Browns place CB Denzel Ward, LB Malcolm Smith on COVID list


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CLEVELAND – As the final game of the season approaches, the Cleveland Browns placed two players on the Reserve / COVID-19 roster, activated another roster player and made other roster changes ahead of Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

On Saturday morning, the Browns placed cornerback Denzel Ward and linebacker Malcolm Smith on the COVID-19 roster. Ward and Smith join running back Dexter Williams, safety Jovante Moffatt, defensive end Joe Jackson, kicker Chris Blewitt and defensive tackle Malik Jackson, who was placed on the roster on Thursday.

While the Browns placed Ward and Smith on the COVID-19 roster, they were also able to activate running back Ernest Johnson from the roster on Saturday. Johnson was placed on the list on Tuesday.

In addition, the Browns made several elevations before Sunday’s game.

Cornerback Brian Allen, safety back Adrian Colbert and goaltender Hjalte Froholdt have been elevated to the training squad’s list of active players. Cornerback Herb Miller and defensive end Curtis Weaver have been called up from the training squad to the active roster as COVID-19 replacements.

Elevations are part of a rule that allows a team to have up to 55 players on the roster in any given week before the pre-game trade deadline, giving the team more choice when the selection of their 47 or 48 active players per match day. . After the match, players elevated to the active roster for this purpose will return to the practice team the day after the match.

Cleveland also gave up linebacker Willie Harvey Jr.

With the Browns knocked out of the playoffs in Week 17, their final game won’t bring them any closer to the playoffs, or a winning record for that matter. But head coach Kevin Stefanski said starters who can physically play will, and the team have made it clear that they still have at least one thing to play: for each other.

“Why play it? It’s not even in our vocabulary. I don’t even understand what that means, ”said quarterback Case Keenum, who starts Sunday with Baker Mayfield in the casualty reserve and is preparing for shoulder surgery. “Like I said before, it’s the National Football League. You have guys in that locker room, including me and I can speak for myself, who we’ve been dreaming of playing in the NFL with since we are kids, all of us. It’s a dream come true to be able to go there and have not only the name on the back of our jerseys – that of our family – but the name on the front. There is a lot of pride. There is a lot of pride. There’s a lot of pride in Cleveland. I ‘I’ve been through that in the short two years I’ve been here. We have a lot of pride and we have a lot of things to play for. “

Camryn Justice is a digital content producer at News 5 Cleveland. Follow her on twitter @camijustice.

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