Cleveland Browns

1-1-0,#19 Overall 1-1-0, 3rd in AFC North , 8th in AFC Playoff Odds: 42.2%  |  Super Bowl Odds: 1.8%
2021-22 Season
1-1-0 Record
#4 ‐ #29 Off-Def
#4 Offense
#29 Defense
#19 Overall

Browns' starting LG Joel Bitonio reportedly positive for COVID-19

Cleveland Browns left guard Joel Bitonio tested positive for COVID-19.

What It Means:

Bitonio and wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge both tested positive and will be ineligible for Sunday's Wild Card matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bitonio is a premier pass-blocker and was on the field for all but one of the Browns' offensive snaps this season. His absence is a downgrade for Baker Mayfield and the entire offense against a Steelers defense that led the league in sack rate (9.6 percent) this year.

Bitonio earned the second-best pass-blocking grade (85.5) and sixth-best offensive grade (84.6) from Pro Football Focus among all guards during the regular season. As a team, the Browns gave up a sack on 4.9 percent of dropbacks, ranking 11th.