Cleveland Browns Activate David Njoku from COVID List for Raiders Game


BEREA – David Njoku said he was back on Instagram on Wednesday, and the Browns tight end’s return became official on Thursday.

Njoku returned to training, activated from the reserve / COVID-19 roster, where he landed after testing positive for the virus on December 7.

Njoku, who has tweeted twice that he was asymptomatic, will be able to play on Saturday when the COVID-ravaged Browns (7-6) face the Las Vegas Raiders (6-7) at FirstEnergy Stadium.

“I feel amazing. Thanks to my COVID experience, I had no symptoms so I feel perfectly normal, ”Njoku said.

Njoku missed Sunday’s 24-22 victory over the Baltimore Ravens and said it was scary to watch. The win kept the Browns’ playoff hopes alive, but they must keep winning to reach the playoffs for the second straight season.

“Of course it was frustrating not being able to go with my teammates and my brothers. It’s a feeling of [being] helpless, but luckily we got the job done last week and hope to do it again this weekend, ”Njoku said on a conference call.

Njoku has compiled 27 catches on 40 targets for 407 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games this season. Njoku looked determined to have a big game.

“I am very happy to finally be able to play again,” said Njoku.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and saw the team’s positive results continue to climb on Thursday, hasn’t ruled out anyone who landed on the roster this week for the game. Saturday. Shortly after his intervention, the NFL announced changes to its COVID-19 protocols.

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The Browns could be without tight end Austin Hooper, among those on the COVID roster, but the silver lining to the position is that Njoku is back, and Harrison Bryant has a chance to come back after sitting down on Sunday with a sprain. high to the ankle.

“I think Harrison will be ready by Saturday, and we just have to move on,” Njoku said.

“Adversity, it always strikes, whatever it is. We have had many testimonials in the past of overcoming adversity, and we hope to do the exact same this weekend.

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (27) celebrates his rushed touchdown by doing push-ups during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo / Gregory Taureau)

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The Browns ruled out cornerback Greg Newsome II (concussion), wide receiver Anthony Schwartz (concussion) and running back Kareem Hunt (ankle) for Saturday and indicated that Bryant and defensive tackle Malik Jackson (knee) were questionable. Jackson returned to training Thursday.

Defensive ends Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney (illness) were not on the field during the open-to-media practice game.

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Garrett worked on the side towards the end of training, trying to stay away from the squad after asthma worsened his COVID-19 case and its aftermath last season.

“I try to do my job on my own and walk and get in shape and try to take precautions for myself,” Garrett said. “I know how it affected me, so I’m not trying to catch it, although I’m asymptomatic this time around. I don’t know what it might do to my loved ones and what happened to them there. ‘last year.”

Garrett’s parents contracted COVID-19 in 2020, with his father, Lawrence, badly affected and his mother, Audrey, showing mild symptoms. Garrett has lost a great-grandmother to the virus.

It was the team’s first training since the start of the COVID-19 epidemic, with the Browns limiting themselves to guided tours the previous two days.

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Three Raiders were declared absent, including Pro Bowl tight end Darren Waller (knee, back). Waller is second on the team in receptions (53) and yards (643) and has two touchdowns in 10 games.

Linebacker Denzel Perryman (ankle) and cornerback Trayvon Mullen (toe) are also absent, while defensive end Carl Nassib (knee), a former Brown, is questionable.

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With quarterback Nick Mullens activated from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement, wide receiver Lawrence Cager has been signed to the Browns’ active squad on the practice squad.

Cornerback Brian Allen and safety back Tedric Thompson have been signed on to the practice squad.

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) shows up for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Dec.12, 2021, in Cleveland.  (AP Photo / David Richard)

Myles Garrett becomes first Cleveland Browns player to reach 99 Madden rating

Two-time pro Bowler Garrett became the first Browns member to reach a perfect 99 score with Madden after his crucial backpack and 15-yard fumble return for a touchdown Sunday against the Ravens.

Garrett recorded 15 sacks, second in the league at the start of Week 15, and his Madden 22 odds have steadily increased this season.

Garrett said being the first Brown to receive the grade was “pretty good.”

“I had no idea there ain’t been no 99 on Madden, I kinda expected it [long-time left tackle] Joe Thomas had or maybe like a comeback, Jim Brown or something, “Garrett said.” It’s a great feeling, but I hope it’s not the last time and I hope that a few other guys can join me. “

Ratings take into account speed, acceleration, endurance, strength, agility, endurance, awareness, jumps and injury history, as well as characteristics specific to the position.

Other members of the 99 Club include quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams and wide receiver Davante Adams of the Green Bay Packers.

Browns cornerback Denzel Ward celebrates after making a fourth save to seal the victory over the Ravens in the fourth quarter on Sunday, Dec.12, 2021 in Cleveland.

Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward rewarded with decisive save

Browns cornerback Denzel Ward became the Week 14 recipient of the 2021 NFL Way to Play Award, which recognizes players who exemplify proper technique for making hard-hitting plays.

The league recognized Ward for his decisive tackle against Baltimore Ravens rookie wide receiver Rashod Bateman. Ward’s defensive save forced a turnaround on practice with 56 seconds left in Sunday’s win.

A product of Ohio State and Nordonia High School, Ward will receive a $ 2,500 equipment grant through USA Football which will be awarded to the local youth football program or high school of the player’s choice. .

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