NEWARK, N.J. — Receiver Davone Bess was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list Saturday for personal reasons and won’t play in the final two games.
Bess is dealing with family issues, according to a league source. He didn’t practice Thursday or Friday and had been listed as questionable on the injury report.
The Browns traded fourth- and fifth-round picks to Miami in exchange for Bess and fourth- and seventh-round picks during the draft in April. Cleveland then signed Bess to a four-year, $14.2 million contract through 2016 that includes $5.75 million guaranteed. He’s been a major disappointment.
A possession receiver playing primarily out of the slot, Bess leads the league with 14 drops. He has 42 catches for 362 yards, an 8.6 average, and two touchdowns. He was held under 30 yards for the last 11 games.
Josh Cooper, in his second season, will get increased playing time in Bess’ absence. Cooper doesn’t have a catch in three games this year. He had eight catches for 106 yards in six games last year.
Brian Tyms, who doesn’t have a catch in five games, could also see more snaps.