The #Browns have activated TE Harrison Bryant, S Ronnie Harrison Jr. and LB Malcolm Smith off the reserve/COVID-19 list, clearing the way for them to play Sunday night in Pittsburgh.
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) January 9, 2021
Cleveland could have three key players back in the lineup for the Steelers-Browns wild-card matchup tomorrow night: tight end Harrison Bryant, safety Ronnie Harrison, Jr. and linebacker Malcolm Smith. They were activated off the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday.
Bryant and Smith both tested positive and were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Dec. 31. Neither played in the Week 17 finale. Harrison, however, just tested positive two days ago. It’s presumed that it was a false-positive, and he tested negative twice since. Otherwise, players who test positive need to quarantine for 10 days, as is the case with Steelers cornerback Joe Haden. Though it’s unclear exactly what day he tested positive, Haden was placed on Reserve/COVID-19 list on Jan. 2.
In 11 games, Harrison has 38 tackles (24 solo), a pick-six, seven defended passes and a fumble recovery. He played 100 percent of snaps versus the Steelers and logged six tackles (five solo) and a defended pass.
Smith had appeared in 15 games and registered 72 tackles (49 solo), a sack, forced fumble and interception.
The rookie tight end posted 24 receptions for 238 and three scores. He’s been significant for Cleveland on first down, notching 14 in 15 games.
Though it’s not official whether they’ll play, expect them to be in the lineup tomorrow.