Landry was among the Browns players who were deemed close contacts of linebacker BJ Goodson, who tested positive for COVID-19. Receivers Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge will also miss the contest, as well as rookie linebacker Jacob Phillips.
Marvin Hall is the only receiver on the Browns 53-man roster who is eligible to play on Sunday. Because of the situation, wide receivers Derrick Willies and Ja’Marcus Bradley and linebacker Montrel Meander have been elevated from the practice squad.
Missing the game is especially painful for Landry, who was one of the NFL’s iron men at his position. Landry had played in all 110 games in his career. He reacted to the news with a one-word tweet.
“ANNOYED,” wrote Landry, who leads the Browns with 67 catches for 789 yards and three touchdowns.
Higgins, Landry’s fellow Browns pass-catcher, had a more NSFW response to the situation.
“I don’t even have covid,” Higgins wrote. “This s*** sucks!”
Browns Pro Bowler Myles Garrett Previously Had COVID-19
Like most teams around the league, this is not the Browns’ first issue with COVID-19. Most notably, star defensive end Myles Garrett tested positive earlier in the season, missing a pair of games. Garrett is still dealing with the effects of the virus.
“I’m just getting over a coughing fit in the locker room earlier. I’m trying to get some water into my system and be able to breathe,” Garrett told reporters on Zoom after the Browns latest win against the Giants. “Taking those deep, big breaths are tough right now with the shortness of breath and that turning into a cough or getting choked up.
“You’ve just got to find a way. It’s about desire. No matter how I feel, I’ve got to do something on the field and when I get off of it, maybe go see someone and try to work with someone.”
Landry commended Garrett for his effort every day on the field, despite dealing with the health issues and getting his wind back.
“He continues to work hard,’’ receiver Jarvis Landry said Thursday. “Even today, he was getting back to the quarterback and we are having to stop practice pretty much because he is so disruptive. That’s part of who he is. He’s a tough player, he loves the game of football, he loves this organization and he loves this community.”
Postponement of Browns Game Vs. Jets Unlikely
The Browns have their hopes for the playoffs and even the AFC North division crown on the line as they suit up to face the one-win Jets. But even with the COVID-19 issues, the game is expected to go on, per multiple outlets.
The Jets are in the running for the No. 1 overall draft pick — likely Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence — but won last week against the Rams, hurting their chances to the first selection. The Browns expect a test against the Jets, regardless.
“They have talented players. They saw last week a formula to how you go get a win, taking care of the ball and going and getting the ball on defense,” Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said. “They have seen firsthand when they put it all together against a good football team, an NFC playoff team, when they put it all together, they are totally capable of winning, and that is the way I look at it.”