The Browns got back two key pieces Saturday.
Right tackle Jack Conklin and kicker Cody Parkey were activated off the COVID-19 reserve list as the team had hoped. They went on the list Wednesday when they were determined to be high-risk close contacts of a medical practitioner not employed by the team who tested positive.
The news was welcome after defensive end Myles Garrett tested positive Friday and placed on the reserve list. Versatile backup offensive lineman Chris Hubbard and fullback Andy Janovich are also on the list after positive tests.
Conklin and Parkey continued to test negative during the week, and despite not practicing Wednesday through Friday will play Sunday against the Eagles at FirstEnergy Stadium if the daily test result comes back negative Sunday morning.
Conklin will have his hands full against defensive end Brandon Graham, who leads the Eagles with seven sacks and has two forced fumbles.
“He is one of our better players on offense, and to have him out there would be huge,” left guard Joel Bitonio said.
Parkey stabilized the kicking situation after replacing Austin Seibert in Week 2. Parkey has made 34 of 36 kicks.
“He has been outstanding,” special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said.
The Browns elevated three players from the practice squad to fill out the roster — fullback Johnny Stanton, guard Michael Dunn and defensive end Cameron Malveaux. Dunn and Malveaux were COVID-19 elevations, and all three will revert to the practice squad Monday.
Stanton will fill in for Janovich, Dunn is insurance with right guard Wyatt Teller (calf) listed as questionable on the injury report and Malveaux adds depth with Garrett out.
** Receiver Jarvis Landry (taunting) and linebacker Mack Wilson (unnecessary roughness) weren’t fined after 15-yard penalties last week in the 10-7 win over the Texans.