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Browns activate Joel Bitonio from Reserve/COVID-19 list

Veteran left guard poised to make his postseason debut on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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The Cleveland Browns activated left guard Joel Bitonio from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday.

Bitonio is now poised to make his postseason debut on Sunday when the Browns face the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in the divisional round of the playoffs.

A seven-year veteran, Bitonio is a key member of an offensive line that was among the league’s best in the regular season. While the line survived Bitonio’s absence last weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers with Michael Dunn and Blake Hance stepping in, there is no question that Bitonio’s return helps Cleveland’s chance against the Chiefs.

Now the Browns just need to see if right tackle Jack Conklin, who has not practiced all week after suffering a hamstring injury against the Steelers, will be able to go and return Cleveland’s starting unit to full strength.

In another roster transaction, the Browns waived safety Tedric Thompson, who the team had claimed off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs at the end of November. The 6-foot and 204-pound Thompson was waived just 10 games into his tenure with the Chiefs after signing with them over the summer as a free agent. He little playing time and was inactive his final two games before being released.

Bitonio is the fourth player the Browns have activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list this week, joining cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson, as well as wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge.

The team does not currently have any active players on the list for the first time in what seems like forever.