The Browns were shorthanded in last Sunday’s loss to the Jets because they had to put multiple players on their reserve/COVID-19 list as close contacts of someone who tested positive, but they expect to have them back at work on Thursday.
No indication was given about whether the players went on the list for positive tests or because of close contact. The reason for the placement will determine how long the players must be out and whether they can play against the Steelers on Sunday.
The Browns will advance to the playoffs since 2002 with a win in that game. They can also get in with a Colts loss or a Titans loss that coincides with wins by the Dolphins and Ravens.