Browns close facility after coach tests positive for COVID-19

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A coach is the latest member of the Cleveland Browns organization to test positive for COVID-19.

The Browns announced today that they are once again closing their facility, as they did repeatedly this week, while they conduct contact tracing.

“The Cleveland Browns were informed this morning that a member of their coaching staff has tested positive for COVID-19,” the team’s statement said. “The team will continue virtual meetings as the facility is currently closed while contact tracing is conducted. We will consult with league medical professionals on the appropriate next steps.”

The Browns have had an outbreak that has resulted in several positive tests this week, but from all indications their game against the Steelers on Sunday will go on as planned. It’s unclear how many players or coaches on the Browns may have to miss the game. The Steelers have already announced that several key starters, including Ben Roethlisberger, will not play. If the Browns win, they will earn their first playoff berth since 2002.

17 responses to “Browns close facility after coach tests positive for COVID-19

  1. I remember it like yesterday. It was my first Bills game at the young age of 13. Week 17 2003 the Bills win and were in the 2004 playoffs. All we have to do is beat the Steelers backups. Of course we Bills it up and lose in tragic fashion to BACKUPS.

    My Dad proceeds to get punched in the face by a drunk Steelers fan during a huge brawl he was trying to protect me from on our way out of the stadium.

    Fond football memories.

    Browns could be headed for a similar fate and yet again someone’s Dad might get punched in the face by a drunk Steelers fan.

  2. this can’t keep happening! time to move the nfl to the front of the vaccine line before it’s too late!

  3. Ben should be told to stay home along with Boswell, Pouncey, Decastro, Ebrom, Ju Ju, Conner, dionte, Heyward, Tuit, Watt, Minka, Haden and Nelson.

    All these guys have been banged up the last several weeks and have not had a bye week, why risk them them to covid and missing a week or two of the playoffs in a game your just trying to get through? Tell them to stay in Pittsburgh.

  4. Hospital workers, EMT’s, police, firefighters, grocery workers, truckers, etc. Should be “moved to the front of the vaccine line” ! NOT the NFL !

  5. godkingskovald says:
    January 2, 2021 at 9:43 am
    I remember it like yesterday. It was my first Bills game at the young age of 13. Week 17 2003 the Bills win and were in the 2004 playoffs. All we have to do is beat the Steelers backups. Of course we Bills it up and lose in tragic fashion to BACKUPS.

    My Dad proceeds to get punched in the face by a drunk Steelers fan during a huge brawl he was trying to protect me from on our way out of the stadium.

    Fond football memories.

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    I remember that game well. A young RB on Pitt who was a backup ending up having a great day and career after that game. The stadium was full of brawls and you could see them pop up in sections across the stadium, all the yellow jacketed off duty cops playing wacka mole to stop the fights.

    It was a different time. Even with all the “Bills Mafia” hype, the stadium in Buffalo has calmed down during games quite a bit compared to the late 90’s / early 2000’s.

    That being said, backups want to put out good tape to earn the $$ and will put extra work into this week if they know they will play. It is going to be an interesting game.

  6. Last I checked the Factory of Sadness was still favored by 9.5 points with minimal practice. I bet the Steelers backups can cover easily.

  7. godkingskovald says:
    January 2, 2021 at 9:43 am
    I remember it like yesterday. It was my first Bills game at the young age of 13. Week 17 2003 the Bills win and were in the 2004 playoffs. All we have to do is beat the Steelers backups. Of course we Bills it up and lose in tragic fashion to BACKUPS.

    My Dad proceeds to get punched in the face by a drunk Steelers fan during a huge brawl he was trying to protect me from on our way out of the stadium.

    Fond football memories.

    Browns could be headed for a similar fate and yet again someone’s Dad might get punched in the face by a drunk Steelers fan.

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    On behalf of Steeler Nation, very sorry to hear that was your first live NFL experience as a kid. No-one should have to come home with such a rotten memory of what should have been a great, once-in-a-lifetime trip with their Dad. Like all fanbases, we have our fair share of Neanderthals who shouldn’t be allowed out in public.

    I was actually at that game- one of two trips I’ve made from Toronto to watch the Steelers play the Bills there and had (for obvious reasons) a much better experience. I don’t remember a ton of fights like paupwarner does, but we had pretty good seats that time so maybe were more isolated from a lot of it.

    The second time I went was the game where it seemed like no-one could score a touchdown and Suisham ended up kicking the game winner in overtime. That time I was in the nosebleeds and at one point late in the game, there were three different, unrelated fistfights occurring simultaneously in the section I was in. What WAS consistent in both experiences was the obvious extreme rate of alcohol consumption in the stadium. That second time, I would swear I was the only sober person in the building (the guys I was with, two Steelers fans and one Bills fan, also doing their best to line the pockets of Budweiser’s shareholders with the best of them and I had to keep one of the Steelers guys from starting a fourth concurrent fight).

    Conversely, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Heinz Field twice (to watch the Steelers get knocked out of the playoffs by the Jags- ugh! and then to watch them lose in overtime to the Ravens after Rudolph got his head knocked off- ugh!) and the experience couldn’t have been more different. Do people drink? Of course. Do they mouth off? Absolutely, but I don’t remember seeing a single fight and that alcohol-fueled, always right on the edge of violence vibe just wasn’t there. I took my 12-year old daughter to the Ravens game at Heinz. Based on my experiences in Buffalo, I wouldn’t dream of taking her to a game there.

    At first, I considered maybe it was just the “home turf” thing, but I was sitting beside a Jags fan the first time and was definitely around Ravens fans the second time. There was trash talk of course, but never did it seem like someone was going to take things too seriously and try to hurt anybody.

    This is not meant to be a shot at the fans or organization in Buffalo. Everyone I actually interacted with in Buffalo at both games was respectful, friendly and entirely non-threatening despite me being in head to toe black and yellow (and the Bills were my Dad’s team, so I have some affection there, too). Just an observation on how different my four NFL stadium experiences have been.

  8. Cleveland’s Offense appears to be intact. That being said, it might be a high scoring, last team possessing ball wins type of game. But I think Cleveland’s superior talent on the Offense will carry the day. Browns win and get into the playoffs.

  9. Oh wait gotta cancel the game. Safety for all players first. Remember the Steelers needed to reschedule twice.

  10. Browns Brownsing it up as usual. The Browns gagged last week and they, like the owner, can’t handle the pressure. This has all the makings of a Steelers backups beating the Browns by 2 TDS. There are clutch performers like Tom Brady that thrive under pressure. Then there is Mini Mayfield that gagged against the 1-13 Jets just like he did in the 2nd Half in the College Football Playoffs vs Georgia. There are athletes that always come thru in the clutch, and the Browns and Mayfield aren’t any of them.

  11. I will say it again, the Steelers should forfeit this game or they risk infecting their entire team/organization because of another teams screwups ! How bad would it be for them to play a meaningless game, get an outbreak on the team because of it, and have to sit star players for a Playoff game??? That would be a very bad look for the NFL considering they hosed the Steelers twice already.

  12. amaf21 says:
    January 2, 2021 at 10:04 am
    this can’t keep happening! time to move the nfl to the front of the vaccine line before it’s too late!
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

    I hope this was your attempt at humor, if not you are a complete MORON!! The world will go on without football. Elderly & frontline medical workers need the vaccine NOW, not NFL players just so you can be entertained for a few more weekends.

  13. usttherealfacts2 says: “Ben should be told to stay home along with Boswell, Pouncey, Decastro, Ebrom, Ju Ju, Conner, dionte, Heyward, Tuit, Watt, Minka, Haden and Nelson.

    All these guys have been banged up the last several weeks and have not had a bye week, why risk them them to covid and missing a week or two of the playoffs in a game your just trying to get through? Tell them to stay in Pittsburgh.”
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    Too late. Haden just tested positive for COVID-19.

  14. Well the real meaningless games ARE the playoffs games – players are basically playing for peanuts.

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