The Cleveland Browns are hours away from kickoff against the Las Vegas Raiders.
This Week 15 game will be unprecedented as the Browns have 19 players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
— ESPN Cleveland (@ESPNCleveland) December 20, 2021
Postponing the game did not result in many players coming off the list; however, it did allow more practice time for substitute players.
— George Dufour III (@gdufouriii) December 20, 2021
Here is the roster by specialty as published on the team’s official website.
The Browns offense was most impacted by COVID-19 so here is what we can expect.
The running backs will definitely help Mullens; only Kareem Hunt is out.
— Barry Cunningham (@barrycunningham) December 20, 2021
At tight end, David Njoku is back which is a huge benefit.
Jarvis Landry will be missed at wide receiver, but in some respects, the Browns are deeper at wide receiver today than they have been at other points this season.
The great news about getting Wyatt Teller back is a huge asset to the offensive line.
Linemen for today are
- JC Tretter
- Nick Harris
@Flash_Garrett I'm gonna need 3-4sacks today please n thank you 🤘🤘🤘🐐
— (JC) (@cornell_kingj23) December 20, 2021
The defensive line will have DE Myles Garrett, DE Takkarist McKinley, DT Malik Jackson (questionable), DT Sheldon Day, DT Jordan Elliott, DT Tommy Togiai, DT Josiah Bronson, DE Porter Gustin, and DE Joe Jackson at its disposal today.
Safety John Johnson III was activated this morning.
3. Special Teams
Punter Jamie Gillan remains out.
4. Coaching Staff
— DMSportsCentral (@ManLikesSports) December 20, 2021
Coach Stefanski will not be available today.
Acting head coach Mike Priefer will reprise his role from January when he guided the team to a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt will be calling the plays as he did in the Steelers win from the 2020 season.
Browns Are Underdogs
With all of this disruption of normal activity, the Browns are the underdogs today.
First place in the AFC North is on the line so hopefully these players can play inspired football to get this team one of its most improbable victories in franchise history.