Browns add 3 more players to crowded COVID-19 reserve list

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FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars safety Andrew Wingard (42) breaks up a pass intended for Cleveland Browns tight end Harrison Bryant (88) during the second half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla. The Cleveland Browns added starting safety Andrew Sendejo and rookie tight end Harrison Bryant to their lengthy COVID-19 list, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

CLEVELAND – With their biggest game in years just days away, the Cleveland Browns added three more players to their lengthy COVID-19 list.

Safeties Andrew Sendejo and Karl Joseph along with rookie tight end Harrison Bryant were placed on the list Tuesday, giving Cleveland nine players on the list. It's not yet known if Sendejo, Joseph or Bryant tested positive for the virus or if they had close contact with an infected person.

They all played in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the New York Jets, when the Browns (10-5) were missing six players, including their top four wide receivers, due to COVID-19 protocols.

If they are positive, the three players will have to sit out 10 days from the time of their test and would miss Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.

The Browns will make the playoffs for the first time since 2002 with a win over the Steelers, who will rest starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Last weekend, starting linebacker B.J. Goodson tested positive and receivers Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge along with rookie linebacker Jacob Phillips were placed on the COVID list because they were deemed high-risk close contacts to Goodson.

The players had been together in the team's recovery pool area.

Goodson has to sit out this week's game, but the other five are eligible to return to practice Thursday as long as they test negative.