CLEVELAND — While a recent illness provided some causes for concern, it appears Myles Garrett will be in the Cleveland Browns' lineup on Sunday when they face the Philadelphia Eagles.
According to Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, Garrett is expected to make his return to practice on Friday after the star defensive end missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday due to an unspecified illness. The 2018 Pro Bowl selection has not tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) but has remained away from the team facility while sick as a result of the league's protocol.
"Day by day," Stefanski said on Thursday. "Myles is scheduled to come back tomorrow."
As for the four Cleveland players who are currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Stefanski said that right tackle Jack Conklin and kicker Cody Parkey could make their return to practice on Saturday and in time to play against the Eagles on Sunday.
Long snapper Charley Hughlett, meanwhile, made his return to practice on Thursday and wasn't ultimately placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, as the team had previously announced.
"Jack and Cody would potentially [return] on Saturday," Stefanski said. "It's just day by day and making sure we're following all the rules."
On Monday, the Browns shut down their team facility after a player tested positive for the coronavirus. Later in the day, the team placed fullback Andy Janovich on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which was created for players who have either tested positive for the coronavirus or who have been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. On Tuesday, the Browns added Conklin and Parkey to the COVID-19 list.
While the Browns reopened their facility on Tuesday, their shutdown marked their second in four days after the team also closed their facility on Friday following a positive test. The team later placed offensive lineman Chris Hubbard on its COVID-19 reserve list.