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Cleveland Browns activate WR KhaDarel Hodge from COVID-19 reserve list

The Cleveland Browns have activated wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge from the NFL's reserve/COVID-19 list.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from Jan. 13, 2021.

When the Cleveland Browns face the Kansas City Chiefs in this weekend's AFC divisional round, they'll do so with wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge back in their lineup.

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On Thursday, the Browns announced that they have activated Hodge from the NFL's reserve/COVID-19 list, which was created for players who have either tested positive for or been exposed to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Hodge, who missed last weekend's 48-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC wild card round, is the third Browns player to be activated from the NFL's COVID-19 list in the past two days. On Wednesday, the Browns activated cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson, who also missed Sunday's victory in Pittsburgh, which marked Cleveland's first postseason win since the 1994 season.

Appearing in nine games this season, the 26-year-old Hodge tallied 11 receptions for 180 yards during the 2020 season, his second in Cleveland. In returning to action, he'll help bolster a Browns receiving corps that also includes Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones.

After activating Hodge on Thursday, guard Joel Bitonio is the only Browns player currently on the NFL's COVID-19 list. Bitonio, who also missed Sunday's win over the Steelers, is currently eligible to come off the list whenever he passes the proper protocols.

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