NFL has found some COVID-19 spread within the Browns

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The Browns play their first playoff game since 2002 in three days. The game remains on, but the NFL surely is holding its breath after two more Browns players — safety Ronnie Harrison and practice squad linebacker Montrel Meander — went on the COVID-19 reserve list Thursday.

The league has maintained it will not reschedule any game, including a postseason game, for competitive reasons, only medical. However, Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, raised a red flag with his comments Thursday afternoon.

“There was some spread from one individual to another,” Sills said of the Browns on NFL Network.

The Browns’ positive COVID-19 tests previously were considered community spread, which is less concerning than an outbreak within the team facility.

The Browns have seven players from the 53-player roster on the COVID-19 reserve list and two others from the practice squad on it. They also have had coaches, including head coach Kevin Stefanski, test positive.

The team facility is closed with contact tracing ongoing. The Browns will find out later Thursday whether they will be allowed to practice.

Baker Mayfield revealed during his conference call earlier in the day that he has yet to throw a football this week.

26 responses to “NFL has found some COVID-19 spread within the Browns

  1. Leave it to the Browns. They shouldn’t even be in the playoffs, but we can expect the Steelers to make short work of them.

  2. You don’t say? But this is definitely all new, right? Not stuff that happened last week after multiple positive tests when the league said it was not spreading. Are they even doing the contact tracing?

  3. The Steelers could be playing against 25 healthy Browns players and still barely eke out a win.

  4. pioniere says:
    January 7, 2021 at 3:17 pm
    Leave it to the Browns. They shouldn’t even be in the playoffs, but we can expect the Steelers to make short work of them.
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    Why shouldn’t they be in the playoffs? They are the 6 seed, so they would have made it in previous years (Colts would not have at 7). 4 of their wins were over other playoff teams. Are you suggesting that the NFL should have put a 10 win Dolphin team in over the Browns with 11 wins? The Dolphins had 1 win over teams in the playoffs (Rams).

    Your comment just has zero logic.

  5. mlhigh77 says:
    January 7, 2021 at 3:29 pm
    Just play the game! Denver had too. No qbs!
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    The Broncos still don’t have any QBs.

  6. enoughofthatalready says:
    January 7, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    The Steelers could be playing against 25 healthy Browns players and still barely eke out a win.
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    You know what they would call the Steelers if they “barely eke out a win” in each of their next four games? Super Bowl Champions. You get the same trophy whether you win by one point or by 30 points.

  7. Hoping all the Browns players w/ Covid recover quickly and regain their healthy status,Unfortunately, timing inlife is everything. They need to ramp up their testing and contact tracing, Something seems amiss here. Playing this game is not worth risking the uninfected Browns or any healthy Steelers. Forfeit if necessary.

  8. if memory serves, this the same Browns whos lockerroom got infected with MRSA and they couldnt contain that either.

  9. They’ll be fine if their second string was as good as the Bills last week. Or if they were playing the Dolphins

  10. This week the Steelers starters are back and the Browns are already looking excuses. Steelers lambaste the Clowns 38-9.

  11. Hope its a good game, remember, Buster Douglas had no chance vs Tyson and David was a 3 TD dog to Goliath. Stranger things have happened.

  12. Browns gonna brown. Too bad because they could actually get out of the first round this year. Steelers all hype.

  13. I am sorry. I really do feel for the Browns fans. But the team is run like The Three Stoodges. God, they are a joke.

  14. All the Browns do is make excuses, at some point you just have to overcome. It’s definitely a tough spot, Steelers are vulnerable, Ben is erratic no one knows who will show up. It would not shock anyone if Ben throws 3 interceptions. Good luck.

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