CLEVELAND — As the Cleveland Browns head into their matchup with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football, the status of one of their key offensive linemen is now in question.
On Tuesday, the Browns announced that they have placed guard Wyatt Teller on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which was "created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons." While the designation doesn't necessarily indicate that Teller has tested positive for the coronavirus, he will now be required to pass the appropriate number of COVID-19 tests before being allowed to rejoin the team and activated for next week's game.
Teller's potential absence from Cleveland's primetime matchup with Baltimore would be a big one for the Browns. Now in his second year in Cleveland, the 26-year-old Teller has emerged as one of the best guards in football this season and a key cog in a Browns rushing attack that ranks first in the league in rushing with an average of 157.8 yards per game.
Earlier this season, Teller missed three games as the result of a calf strain. In his absence, the Browns relied on offensive tackle Chris Hubbard to fill Teller's void at right guard. Last month, Hubbard missed two games after being placed on the COVID-19 list before being activated on Nov. 26.
On Tuesday, the Browns also announced that they have activated defensive end Porter Gustin from the COVID-19 list.