The Cleveland Browns placed right guard Wyatt Teller on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday.
The news is not all bad, however, as Teller was placed on the list for reportedly being a close contact of someone outside of the team who tested positive. As long as Teller continues to test negative, he will be able to rejoin the Browns in time for Monday night’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Teller is going on the list after coming into close contact with somebody deemed high risk. https://t.co/QntWnkmbWG— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) December 8, 2020
Teller, who is Pro Football Focus’ top ranked guard, missed three games earlier in the season while dealing with a calf injury. Teller’s absence, combined with running back Nick Chubb being on injured reserve, temporarily stalled Cleveland’s top-ranked rushing attack.
If it turns out that Teller can’t go for the game against the Ravens, it is expected that Chris Hubbard will fill the position the same way he did during Teller’s injury.
We've made roster moves:— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 8, 2020
Placed on Reserve/COVID-19*:
Activated from Reserve/COVID-19:
DE Porter Gustin
Placed on Reserve/Injured:
WR Taywan Taylor (neck)
Restored to Practice Squad from PS/Injured:
WR Ryan Switzer
Released from Practice Squad:
DE Jamal Davis pic.twitter.com/TYKKR6kU0o
In related news, the Browns activated defensive end Porter Gustin from the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Gustin has missed the past two games while on the list, and his return adds some much-needed depth to Cleveland’s defensive end rotation.
With Porter making it back to the active roster, the Browns do not have a strong need for another defensive end, so the club released Jamal Davis, who was just signed to the practice squad last week.
Cleveland also placed wide receiver Taywan Taylor on injured reserve with a neck injury suffered last week in practice. The move is not that surprising given that the Browns claimed wide receiver Marvin Hall off of waivers on Monday.
Taylor played in three games this season, but did not record a catch.
Finally, Cleveland moved veteran wide receiver Ryan Switzer - bonus points if you remember that the Browns signed him - to the practice squad after he spent the past few weeks on the practice squad injured list.