Hodge will sign his contract tender from the Browns on Wednesday, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.
The Browns offered Hodge a contract tender in mid-March, allowing the team to retain his rights if they match another team's offer. While he's not a huge piece of the Cleveland passing attack, Hodge should be a valuable contributor on special teams once again in 2021.
The Browns have offered Hodge a contract tender.
The move puts the team in a position to retain Hodge, who is set to become a restricted free agent. The 26-year-old caught 11 passes (on 17 targets) for 180 yards in nine games last season in a depth role, while making most of his mark as one of the Browns' most valuable special teamers.
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.
The Browns reinstated Hodge from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.
Along with Hodge, the Browns also activated Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Jarvis Landry and Jacob Phillips after all five players sat out last week's loss to the Jets following their respective placements on the list. Before sitting out the Week 16 game, Hodge had seemingly been usurped by Peoples-Jones as the Browns' No. 3 receiver, so the former may not be in line for much work on offense in Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Hodge is in line to come off the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
As will fellow wide receivers Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones, with the moves to become official later Thursday. As a result, barring any unexpected developments, the Browns will welcome the quartet back to their lineup Sunday against the Steelers.
The Browns placed Hodge (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, ruling him out for Sunday's road contest against the Jets.
In addition to Hodge, fellow wide receivers Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones were deemed high-risk close contacts and are unable to play Week 16. With just one WR (Marvin Hall) remaining on the active roster, Cleveland elevated Ja'Marcus Bradley and Derrick Willies from the practice squad.
Hodge (undisclosed) has been deemed a high-risk close contact and may not be available Sunday versus the Jets, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
The same can be said for Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones. The Browns haven't placed any of the quartet on the reserve/COVID-19 list yet, but a decision on each player's availability may be imminent. If all four are unable to suit up Sunday, Cleveland will be down to one healthy wide receiver (Marvin Hall) on the active roster.
Hodge (hamstring) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's road game against the Jets, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Hodge spent time on injured reserve and also sat out Weeks 13 and 14 due to a hamstring injury, but he's now slated to suit up for a second straight game. In his eight appearances this season, he's managed to post a 9-155-0 line on 15 targets, making him no better than the third wide receiver in the Browns offense behind Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins. While Hodge has been out, rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones (8-221-1) has emerged as a threat.
Hodge (hamstring) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Hodge missed two games due to a hamstring injury before suiting up for Sunday's win over the Giants, but the issue still seems to be lingering. As long as the receiver is able to keep practicing in a limited capacity, however, he should be in good shape to suit up for a Week 16 road game against the Jets.
Hodge was not targeted and played eight offensive snaps in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Giants.
Hodge returned to action after missing two games due to a hamstring injury. That he only played eight snaps could be a case of bringing him back slowly, or it could be a sign of the team's confidence in rookie wideout Donovan Peoples-Jones. Hodge also played another eight snaps on special teams. Prior to his injury, he was the clear No. 3 wide receiver, but Peoples-Jones has thrived in his place. A clearer picture of the depth chart should emerge in Hodge's second game back in Week 16 when the Browns play the Jets.
Hodge (hamstring) is active for Sunday night's game against the Giants, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.
The Prairie View A&M standout has missed each of the Browns' past two contests while recovering from a hamstring injury, but he's ready to make his return to the lineup on the primetime stage. With a combined six receptions for 104 yards over his two most recent appearances Weeks 11 and 12, Hodge slots in third on Cleveland's WR depth chart for Sunday night.
Hodge (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.
Hodge received the designation after the hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the past two games continued to limit his participation in practice throughout the week. If Hodge can't gain clearance for Sunday's contest, Donovan Peoples-Jones would likely continue to serve as the Browns' No. 3 receiver behind Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins.
Hodge (hamstring) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealerreports.
Hodge missed practice all last week before sitting out the Browns' loss to the Ravens on Monday, but he looks to be trending upward ahead of this weekend's game versus the Giants. He'll look to bump to full activity by Friday in order to avoid carrying a designation into the Week 15 contest.
Hodge (hamstring) will return to practice Wednesday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
The wideout was unable to practice at all last week before sitting out the Browns' 47-42 loss to the Ravens on Monday. As such, his presence on the field to begin Week 15 prep is a step in the right direction for Hodge, who turned in three-catch efforts in both of his last two outings prior to missing consecutive games.
Coach Kevin Stefanski said Hodge is "progressing" through his hamstring injury, and he's optimistic the wide receiver will be available Sunday against the Giants, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.
Hodge missed the last two games due to the health concern, which has resulted in four straight DNPs on Browns injury reports. They will issue their first Week 15 report Wednesday, which may give an indication that Hodge is trending toward a return.
Hodge (hamstring) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Ravens, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Hodge was unable to practice all week, so he'll predictably miss a second straight game. Donovan Peoples-Jones should be the main beneficiary of Hodge's absence, but newcomer Marvin Hall could handle a decent workload in his Browns debut as well.
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