- 13 questions with Nick Chubb, who is piling up the TDs and yards as leader of Browns’ ground attack (clevelandbrowns.com) - Earlier this week, Joel Bitonio said he’d never heard Nick Chubb say a word whenever the Browns were in the huddle. That’s on the field, though. Off the field is a slightly different story.
- Ronnie Harrison hungry to boost Browns on field after good deed garners attention off it (Beacon Journal) - Since Ronnie Harrison arrived in Northeast Ohio a month ago, he has become a feel-good story off the field.
- Rashard Higgins not in the doghouse (cleveland.com) - Judging from Rashard Higgins’ precious few snaps the first two weeks, and his healthy scratch for Sunday’s 34-20 victory over Washington, one might think he’s back in the doghouse as he was all last season under Freddie Kitchens. But not so, says passing game coordinator and receivers coach Chad O’Shea.
- Silent assassin Nick Chubb doesn’t care about recognition (Browns Zone) - Chirping in the huddle is common, as receivers remind the quarterback they are always open and playmakers beg for the ball. Baker Mayfield said Nick Chubb has never asked to be fed. Joel Bitonio took it a step further.
- Chiefs-Patriots game off after Newton positive for COVID-19 (AP) - The NFL postponed this week’s game between New England and the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs after “positive COVID-19 tests on both teams.” Patriots starting quarterback Cam Newton and Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu were both added to the NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list released on Saturday afternoon.
- Timeline of the NFL COVID-19 outbreak: How positive tests led to postponed games (ESPN) - The NFL knew it would likely have to deal with the coronavirus pandemic at some point when it proceeded with the 2020 season.
- Reality setting in around the NFL after positive COVID-19 tests disrupt 2020 season (NFL.com) - On Wednesday, as the COVID-19 outbreak in the Tennessee Titans organization was just starting to take shape, Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, offered a reminder that none of this — not the positive tests or the shuffled schedule — was a surprise. Not even Saturday’s news of a superstar player like Cam Newton testing positive, making him the first starting quarterback to be infected, was totally unexpected. Rather, that the coronavirus has injected itself fully into the NFL season, was something they’ve tried to plan for.
- COVID-19’s threat to Patriots-Chiefs reveals perils of NFL’s 2020 season without a bubble (Yahoo Sports) - Welcome to 2020, NFL. The league that, for the most part, has skated through a pandemic with limited impact is now dealing with the kind of uncertainty, unpredictability and sheer disappointment that has faced just about everyone else.