Browns Notes: Rotation of players to replace Myles Garrett against Eagles

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Replacing Myles Garrett Sunday won’t be easy, if not impossible.

But that’s the task in front of head coach Kevin Stefanski as well as defensive coordinator Joe Woods after Garrett was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday morning.

“We are going to work through that,” Stefanski said Friday. “It will be a rotation.”

Defensive ends Adrian Clayborn and Porter Gustin are expected to be in that rotation, despite Stefanski’s avoidance of specific plans to replace Garrett.

“Feel good about both of those guys,” Stefanski said. “They bring different skillsets and different styles, but they both play really hard.
I think we have a defensive line that really plays well together. Like we have been talking about, we play a lot of guys, period. We play a lot of defensive linemen and a lot of linebackers. We rotate guys in the back end. In moments when guys have to play, they at least had some reps.”

Stefanski did indicate it was “definitely possible” that defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson could play some end too.

“I am perfectly fine with it,” Richardson said. “Whatever the team needs me to do to win, I am pretty much going to do it. Whatever Coach asks me. I know the playbook pretty well inside and out. Just be ready for anything.”

Richardson is confident whoever I asked to step in will be able to help generate pressure on Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

“There is nothing too hard about coming in and doing your job when an opportunity presents itself to get a sack,” Richardson said. “That is what Myles does. He is a sack master for us that puts pressure on the quarterback consistently. Other than that, just need guys to do the same thing.”

1 at a Time – Despite being 6-3 for just the second time in the expansion era, the Browns have kept their comments and emotions in check concerning the playoff race they find themselves in.

They are among six AFC teams who enter Week 11 6-3 and every game from here on out is critical.

“Just have to keep winning,” Richardson said. “One game at a time, one play at a time. Nothing too major. Do not look past anybody.
Everybody is a big opponent as of that week. That is how we are looking at it.
1-0 mentality, honestly.”

Wilson Practices – Linebacker Mack Wilson, who missed Thursday’s practice due to a hip injury, practiced Friday. He is questionable for Sunday’s game.

Tough on Teller – Right guard Wyatt Teller has been limited this week at practice and is questionable for Sunday.

“I think he is sore,” Stefanski said. “He practiced so we will see as the next couple of days go. I am hopeful for a Wyatt, but he is definitely sore.”

Hope Floats – Stefanski said he is “hopeful” that right tackle Jack Conklin and kicker Cody Parkey will be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday.

Should they be forced to remain on the list, Kendall Lamm would replace Conklin and Matthew McCrane would be elevated from the practice squad to replace Parkey.

Award Winner – Browns left tackle Jedrick Wills was voted the Pepsi Zero Sugar Rookie of the Week after helping the Browns run for an NFL-best 231 rushing yards against Houston.

Since the award started in 2002, this is just the fourth time an offensive lineman has won the award (Ryan Clady 2008, Stefen Wisniewski in 2011 and D.J. Fluker in 2013).

Injury Report – QUESTIONABLE: LB Mack Wilson (hip), RG Wyatt Teller (calf); EXPECTED TO PLAY: C JC Tretter (knee/not injury related), LG Joel Bitonio (elbow), DT Sheldon Richardson (knee),WR Jarvis Landry (hip), LB Jacob Phillips (knee), LB Sione Takitaki (hand)