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Browns' COVID-19 concerns grow with 2 more positive tests

The Browns’ COVID-19 problems aren’t easing

CLEVELAND — The Browns’ COVID-19 problems are not easing.

Cleveland closed its facility and behind schedule observe for the second one instantly day after two extra avid gamers examined sure with the virus. The staff’s newest COVID state of affairs has additional impacted the Browns’ skill to organize for Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A win will put the Browns within the playoffs for the primary time since 2002. The Steelers are resting a number of starters, together with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who’s 23-2-1 in his occupation in opposition to Cleveland.

An NFL spokesman stated the standing for the sport has now not modified whilst usual touch tracing continues.

Final week, the Browns have been with out 8 avid gamers, together with their most sensible 4 broad receivers, in a 23-16 loss to the New York Jets that rocked Cleveland’s playoff probabilities. The broad receivers have persisted to check negatively and are eligible to go back to observe Thursday.

The Browns have been on the brink of depart for the New York space ultimate week when linebacker B.J. Goodson examined sure and the 4 broad receivers have been dominated out as a result of they have been deemed high-rick shut contacts to their teammate.

One of the vital new COVID-19 instances is a participant who was once already at the reserve listing. The opposite participant practiced Wednesday.

Cleveland additionally has an unidentified assistant trainer who examined sure.

Browns trainer Kevin Stefanski is scheduled to fulfill with the media on a Zoom name ahead of observe to handle the virus state of affairs.

The staff has 11 avid gamers at the COVID listing, together with receivers Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge, safeties Andrew Sendejo and Karl Joseph, linebackers Goodson and Jacob Phillips and tight finish Harrison Bryant.

There also are two observe squad avid gamers at the listing.

Goodson and Sendejo examined sure with the virus and can leave out Sunday’s sport. The others are regarded as high-risk contacts and may just go back in the event that they proceed to check adverse.

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