Monday's NFL injury and roster news ahead of Super Wild Card Weekend

The Cleveland Browns will be without defensive end Olivier Vernon for their long-awaited playoff run.

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski revealed that Vernon tore his Achilles on Sunday and the veteran will have surgery.

Vernon suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 24-22 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, which clinched a wild card berth for the Browns and propelled the franchise into the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

In 13 games this season, Vernon tallied nine sacks for the Browns, ranking second on the team to Myles Garrett (12). Replacing Vernon's production will be left to Adrian Clayborn and Porter Gustin in the playoffs; however, Vernon's veteran leadership will be something much tougher to restore.

The Browns are set to face the Steelers again on Sunday night on Super Wild Card Weekend. Vernon, 30, was in the final year of his contract with the Browns.

Here's other news, injuries and transactions we're tracking on Monday:

  • Ahead of hosting an NFC Wild Card matchup on Saturday against Tampa Bay, the Washington Football announced the team is unable to allow fans to attend the contest due to COVID-19 restrictions in Maryland and Prince George's County. "Our entire team, especially our players, will miss having our passionate fans in attendance in the stadium," the statement read in part. "We are grateful for all of the support from our community and encourage everyone to stay safe."
  • Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray won't require surgery for his ankle injury, but is still feeling sore, according to coach Kliff Kingsbury. Murray hurt his ankle in Sunday's loss to the Rams. As for the future of veteran wideout Larry Fitzgerald, Kingsbury said it'll be a "while" before the 37-year-old makes his mind up on playing in 2021.
  • The Buffalo Bills are signing veteran wide receiver Kenny Stills to their practice squad, the team announced. Stills was released by the Texans in late November and has been a free agent since. The Bills are also signing WR Tanner Gentry to the practice squad. Receiver Cole Beasley (knee) remains week-to-week, with coach Sean McDermott telling NFL Network's Mike Giardi, "We'll see where tomorrow leads us."
  • Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank announced quarterback Matt Schaub, 39, is retiring. A third-round pick out of Virginia in 2004, Schaub compiled 25,467 passing yards, 136 TDs and 91 interceptions over the course of 16 seasons; he did not appear in a game in 2020.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians says the MRI on Mike Evans' knee showed no structural damage. Arians added that Evans is officially day-to-day at '80 percent' and that the Bucs would have to fight to keep him off the field this weekend in the playoffs.
  • Cincinnati Bengals center Trey Hopkins tore his ACL in Week 17 and will require surgery, head coach Zac Taylor revealed.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles have restructured the contracts for wideout Alshon Jeffery and defensive tackle Malik Jackson, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported, per sources informed. The expectation is they are moving on from both of them, which gives the Eagles some salary cap relief in 2021 and forces them to make a decision on the players sooner, so they have a resolution in the spring, Garafolo added. The Eagles also agreed to terms with defensive tackle T.Y. McGill on a one-year contract.

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