The Cleveland Browns will be shorthanded at the running back position on Sunday against the Patriots due to COVID-19 plus an injury.
The Cleveland Browns will be without four of the teams running backs this weekend as they set to travel to New England to take on the Patriots.
On Monday, it all began when the Browns placed running back John Kelly on the COVID-19 list. Just the next day, on Tuesday, the Browns then placed running backs Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton on the COVID-19 list after they tested positive for the virus.
Both players are vaccinated and were only required to test negative twice, 24 hours apart given that they didn’t show any symptoms.
On Friday, Kevin Stefanski announced to reporters that the two running backs would not be able to play on Sunday.
This week, the Browns signed running backs Brian Hill and Dexter Williams to the practice squad. The expectation is that one of the backs will be elevated to the active roster for Sunday to assist the only running back currently on the active roster, D’Ernest Johnson.
Kareem Hunt, who was eligible to come off of the IR this week with a calf injury, was not activated and will not play Sunday for the Browns leaving D’Ernest Johnson as the featured back once again.
In the Browns’ 17-14 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 7, Johnson faced a similar challenge and pounced on his opportunity. Johnson carried the ball 22 times for 146 yards and his first regular season touchdown.
Cleveland is looking for their first win at New England since the early 90s and it just became tougher. But sometimes, that’s how this team likes it.