May Browns’ two new COVID-19 instances have an effect on the essential week 17 sport in opposition to Steelers?
The Cleveland Browns have temporarily closed their facility and will practice remotely after two other members of the organization test positive for coronavirus.
The team said in a statement Wednesday that a player and staff member had returned positive tests.
The Browns currently have nine players on the reserve / COVID-19 list after removing collateral Andrew Sendejo and Karl Joseph and Harrison Bryant from the active roster on Tuesday.
“This morning the Cleveland Browns were informed that a player and staff member had tested positive for COVID-19,” the team said. “The Browns facility is currently closed while contact tracing is in progress to identify close, high-risk contacts.
“The team will continue to work remotely and follow the NFL-NFLPA intensive protocols as the health and safety of our team, our employees and the entire community is our top priority.”
Cleveland’s home game of week 17 against the Pittsburgh Steelers is currently running as planned for Sunday. The Browns can reach their first playoff spot since 2002 and end the NFL’s longest active postseason drought with a win.
The Browns could have secured a place in the playoffs last week with a win over the then 1:13 New York Jets, but suffered a 23:16 defeat as several Cleveland players had positive COVID-19 tests or contact tracking was not available.
Cleveland played this game without the big recipients Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge, as well as against Jedrick Wills and linebacker BJ Goodson.
The Browns are hoping to have most of that group back for Sunday’s game, although Goodson and Sendejo will miss the competition after both reportedly tested positive.