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Cleveland Browns lose another player, 2 more coaches for Pittsburrgh Steelers game due to COVID-19 issues

Defensive back Kevin Johnson, offensive line coach Bill Callahan and assistant line coach Scott Peters will all miss Sunday's game, adding to a long list.

CLEVELAND — Already down several key players, the Cleveland Browns say they will also be without cornerback Kevin Johnson for Sunday's showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Johnson’s addition to the COVID-19 list means the Browns, who barely got to practice this week, will be missing five rotational defensive players when they host the Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium. Earlier this week, the team ruled out top cornerback Denzel Ward, linebackers B.J. Goodson and Malcolm Smith and safety Andrew Sendejo. 

Safety Karl Joseph was activated off of the COVID-19 list on Saturday.

On the offensive side, tight end Harrison Bryant is on the COVID-19 list and will also be out of action on Sunday. 

But the coronavirus absences for the matchup with the Steelers will also extend to the Browns coaching staff, who will be without two more assistants. Earlier on Saturday, the Browns said offensive line coach Bill Callahan and assistant line coach Scott Peters will both miss Sunday's game.

“The Cleveland Browns were informed this morning that a member of their coaching staff has tested positive for COVID-19," the statement obtained by 3News read.

"The team will continue virtual meetings as the facility is currently closed while contact tracing is conducted. We will consult with league medical professionals on the appropriate next steps.

On Friday, the team said wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea will also miss the dramatic regular-season finale after he tested positive.

The Browns are seeking to advance to the playoffs for the first time since 2002 with a win over Pittsburgh on Sunday. 

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