Bryant had one target over 13 snaps in Sunday's 22-17 playoff loss to the Chiefs. Bryant had zero catches and one target over Cleveland's two playoff games. The rookie shared a role with veteran David Njoku all season behind starter Austin Hooper, but Bryant had much less usage than Njoku (30 snaps) in the loss. He finished the regular season with more targets (38), catches (24), yards (238) and touchdowns (three) than Njoku (29-19-213-2), but both players were firmly behind Hooper. All three tight ends are under contract in 2021; however, there's not much space for Bryant to grow his 2020 output.
Bryant was not targeted in Sunday's 48-37 wild-card win over Pittsburgh. Bryant returned to action for the playoffs after missing the regular-season finale while on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The rookie played 22 snaps, one more than fellow backup David Njoku, but both players paled in comparison to Austin Hooper, who had a team-high 11 targets over 60 snaps. The Browns move to the AFC divisional round next Sunday to play the Chiefs, whose defense ranked 28th in yards allowed to opposing tight ends (59.6 YPG).
Bryant won't be available for Sunday's game against the Steelers after testing positive for COVID-19, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Cleveland had already moved Bryant to the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday after the tight end was deemed to be a close contact of an infected person or persons. Upon undergoing additional testing while in isolation the past couple of days, Bryant was determined to have contracted the virus. He'll thus remain away from the team for the regular-season finale, though Bryant could have a chance to gain clearance for a potential wild-card playoff game, should the Browns earn a postseason berth. Cleveland will proceed with David Njoku and Stephen Carlson as its depth options at tight end behind Austin Hooper in Week 17.
Bryant (reserve/COVID-19) is considered a close contact with someone outside the Browns' organization that tested positive for the virus, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Bryant was placed on the COVID-19 list Tuesday, joining wide receivers Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, KhaDarel Hodge and Donovan Peoples-Jones. All five players are deemed close contacts and will be eligible to play in this week's season finale against Pittsburgh, assuming they continue to test negative. The wideouts can return as early as Thursday, while Saturday is the earliest Bryant can come off the list. The Browns can clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Steelers.
Bryant was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday. Bryant either contracted the virus or came into close contact with someone who did. If he's merely a close contact, he'll be eligible to play in the season finale against Pittsburgh as long as he continues to test negative. The rookie fourth-round pick joins wide receivers Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, KhaDarel Hodge and Donovan Peoples-Jones -- all deemed close contacts -- on the reserve list.
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