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Dontrell Hilliard, Jovante Moffatt placed on new reserve/COVID-19 list

A new category was created on the NFL’s reserve list as it tries to play the season during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Browns already have two players on it.

Third-year running back Dontrell Hilliard and undrafted rookie safety Jovante Moffatt were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday. They were two of six NFL players listed in the category on the official transaction wire.

The category is designated for a player who tests positive or has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. If the player falls into either category, the team must immediately place him on the reserve/COVID-19 list.


The NFL-NFL Players Association agreement doesn’t permit teams to say if the player tested positive or is in quarantine.

Rookies, quarterbacks and injured players reported to Berea on Friday to begin the testing protocol. They will be tested three times in four days, and the tests must come back negative before they’re allowed inside team headquarters.

Hilliard has played in 25 games for the Browns since being undrafted in 2018. He appeared in 14 games last year, rushing for 49 yards and two touchdowns and leading the team with 421 kickoff return yards.

He reported as part of the injured group.

Moffatt was signed May 5 as an undrafted free agent out of Middle Tennessee State.

Rookies, QBs report for COVID-19 tests, beginning march toward training camp

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