Browns notebook: Offensive linemen Jedrick Wills, Wyatt Teller could face Steelers

Marla Ridenour

| Akron Beacon Journal

Browns starting offensive linemen Jedrick Wills and Wyatt Teller could return for Sunday’s home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers as the Browns try to secure their first playoff bid since 2002.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said he expects rookie starting left tackle Wills to be able to return to practice this week, but didn’t know whether it would happen Wednesday. Wills has been dealing with an illness and sat out Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets, but hasn’t tested positive for COVID-19.

If the Browns are able to practice Wednesday, starting right guard Teller will be back on the field, Stefanski said. Teller has missed the past two games with an ankle injury and the running game has suffered in his absence.

The Browns facility was shut down Wednesday morning for contact tracing after a coach and a practice squad player tested positive for COVID-19, but Stefanski hoped to hold an afternoon practice.

Stefanski said linebackers Tae Davis (ankle) and Sione Takitaki (ankle) and guard Nick Harris (knee) would sit out Wednesday. Safety Ronnie Harrison (shoulder), who was designated to return from injured reserve a week ago, would be allowed to do “a little bit more,” Stefanski said.

Saving something?

If the Browns make the playoffs, It’s possible they could meet the Steelers in consecutive weeks, depending on how the AFC seedings fall. But Stefanski said he would not be reluctant to show something this week because he was saving it for a rematch.

“No … we’ve got to do everything in our power to win this week, whatever it takes,” Stefanski said.

That scenario played out for the Browns in 1988 and it did not go well. They defeated the Houston Oilers at home 28-23 on Dec. 18, then lost to the Oilers 24-23 in Cleveland Stadium in an AFC wild-card game on Dec. 24.

Myles Garrett, Larry Ogunjobi honored

Close friends and defensive linemen Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi swept the 2020 Browns awards voted on by the local chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America.

Garrett is the winner of the Joe Thomas Award, which is given to the team’s player of the year. The star defensive end was recently selected a Pro Bowl starter, and he’s ranked sixth in the NFL with 12 sacks despite missing two games this season with COVID-19.

Ogunjobi is the recipient of the Dino Lucarelli “Good Guy Award,” which goes to a player each year for cooperation with media and the way he carries himself in the community and with his teammates. The defensive tackle is among 11 players who were nominated for the award, including six who received first-place votes.

— Nate Ulrich

Sheldon Day joins practice squad

The Browns signed defensive tackle Sheldon Day to their practice squad.

A fourth-round draft pick in 2016, Day has played a combined 60 games with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-17), San Francisco 49ers (2017-19) and Indianapolis Colts (2020).

Day, 6-foot-1 and 293 pounds, has tallied 55 tackles (39 solo), six sacks and five pass breakups in his career. He has registered two tackles and a pass defensed in four games this season.

— Nate Ulrich

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