The Cleveland Browns have signed quarterback Kyle Lauletta amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in the organization. He is expected to serve as the team’s emergency backup quarterback for their Week 15 matchup versus the Las Vegas Raiders.
Lauletta, 26, has been a journeyman since entering the league in 2018, including a previous stint with the Browns during the 2021 preseason. He was most recently a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad prior to signing with Cleveland. His signing comes just days after QBs Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum were placed on the COVID-19 list.
Other key members of the organization to be placed on the virus list include WR Jarvis Landry, G Wyatt Teller, DE Jadeveon Clowney and head coach Kevin Stefanski, among others. In total, the Browns currently have 22 players that are inactive due to the virus.
Following a surge in positive tests among multiple organizations, the NFL enacted a new policy with the goal of returning COVID-positive players to the field quicker. In an additional move, this week’s game has also been moved to Monday, Dec. 20 to give players currently on the list more time to meet the new requirements. The game was previously scheduled for Saturday.
Despite these measures, it is still uncertain which, if any, Browns players will be able to be activated off of the COVID-19 list in time for Monday’s game.