The Cleveland Browns activated safety Ronnie Harrison Jr. from the injured reserve list on Wednesday.
The veteran safety has missed the team’s previous four games after suffering a shoulder injury on the first play of the game in Week 12 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The move comes at a very opportune time for the Browns as they prepare to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season finale with Cleveland’s first playoff berth in 18 years on the line.
The Browns will be without safety Andrew Sendejo for the game against the Steelers after he tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. They may also be without safety Karl Joseph, who was placed on the list Tuesday for being a high-risk, close contact of someone outside the organization who tested positive.
If Harrison was not able to return this week, the Browns might have been looking at the prospect of starting Sheldrick Redwine, the 85th-ranked safety out of 91 eligible players by Pro Football Focus, and Tedric Thompson, who has yet to take the field after being claimed off waivers on November 30, on Sunday against the Steelers.
It has been an up-and-down first season in Cleveland for Harrison. The Browns rescued him from Jacksonville in a trade on September 3, but it took him a few weeks before he could work his way into the starting lineup.
Harrison made his first start of the season in Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts, a game highlighted by his 47-yard interception return of a Philip Rivers’ pass for a touchdown. He missed the game the following week against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a concussion.
Before his injury, Harrison made six starts for the Browns, posting 31 tackles, six passes defensed and the one interception.