Hodge was not targeted over eight offensive snaps in Sunday's 22-17 playoff loss to the Chiefs. Hodge was activated off the COVID-19 list but was used more on special teams (12 snaps) than on offense. He opened the season as the clear No. 3 wideout, but his usage lagged significantly behind Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry. Then, as rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones showed promise when given a chance, Hodge fell further behind on the depth chart. Hodge becomes a restricted free agent during the offseason and is looking at a similar role, in which he's used heavily on special teams, if the Browns bring him back.
Hodge was activated Thursday from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Hodge got two targets on 42 percent snap share in the Browns' Week 17 win over Pittsburgh before landing on the COVID list for a rematch in the wild-card round. Rookie wideout Donovan Peoples-Jones then took 69 percent of snaps in the 48-37 win last week, catching one of two targets for eight yards. It isn't clear which of the two wide receivers will handle the No. 3 role this Sunday in Kansas City, and it's possible they share snaps behind starters Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins.
Hodge has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Also landing on the list was guard Joel Bitonio, with both players slated to miss Sunday's playoff opener against the Steelers after testing positive for COVID-19, Jake Trotter of ESPN reports. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, 10 Cleveland players are on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Tuesday.
Hodge has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and won't be available for Sunday's playoff game against the Steelers, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. As a result, Hodge is in line to land on the reserve/COVID-19 list later Tuesday. With Hodge out and Donovan Peoples-Jones dealing with a concussion, Marvin Hall and Alexander Hollins could see added snaps behind Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins this weekend.
Hodge caught two of two targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 24-22 win over Pittsburgh. Hodge returned to action after missing Week 16 while on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He's been an afterthought in the passing attack all season and recently lost playing time to rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones, who had three targets Sunday before leaving with a concussion in the first half. Both of Hodge's targets came after Peoples-Jones left the game. The Browns extended their season with the win and will face the Steelers in Pittsburgh next weekend in a wild-card playoff game. Pending Peoples-Jones' status, Hodge could be in line for increased snaps and targets, though the Browns have been a run-first team. If Nick Chubb and a ground gamer that totaled 192 yards and averaged 6.2 yards per carry Sunday are working, there may not be much opportunity for Hodge.
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