AFC Notes: Browns, Ravens, Steelers

     

Browns

Browns’ DE Myles Garrett is set to return from the COVID-19 list after being activated Tuesday and HC Kevin Stefanski is expecting him to return to playing at a high-level.

“I do because I know the kid and how hard he works, but the truth of the matter is I haven’t put my eyes on him yet,” Stefanski said, via Scott Petrak of BrownsZone.com. So I’ll be able to answer that better throughout the week. But just knowing the pro that Myles is and how hard he works, I do feel confident. The guys get a big boost when they see No. 95 out there with them. That’s just based on how productive he’s been for us and all the game-changing plays he’s made for us throughout this season.”

Stefanski also briefly mentioned the challenge that the Browns will face when they go against Tennessee Titans’ RB Derrick Henry this week.

“It is going to be a big challenge this week,” Stefanski said. We have to make sure that we are gap sound, No. 1. You have to defeat blocks versus a team like this. You have to defeat your one-on-one blocks, and then you have to gang tackle.”

  • According to ESPN’s Jake Trotter, Browns S Ronnie Harrison is looking at a four to six-week recovery timeline from his shoulder injury, which could knock him out for the rest of the regular season. 
  • Cleveland placed Harrison on injured reserve Tuesday, which will keep him out for at least three games. Trotter says the hope is he’ll be able to return for the playoffs. 

Ravens

  • The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec writes the Ravens had a call with NFL chief medical officer Allen Sills on Sunday where they voiced a number of concerns with gameday testing and with playing on Tuesday with limited practice time. 
  • Those concerns were only heightened when the NFL canceled a scheduled Monday workout while waiting for additional test results. Ravens players coordinated a call with the NFLPA to discuss their options before they were scheduled to fly to Pittsburgh that night.  
  • The NFL was not operating with Week 18 as an option, but with serious concerns from the players about the safety risk of going into a fierce rivalry game with no practice or conditioning, a compromise was reached to move the game to Wednesday and allow for practices on Monday and Tuesday. 

Steelers

  • The Steelers announced QB coach Matt Canada has been cleared to return to the building following an illness and will coach on Wednesday against the Ravens. (Burt Lauten
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