The Cleveland Browns closed their training facility on Wednesday after two more COVID-19 positive tests in the organization.
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said Wednesday morning the latest positive test involved a practice squad player.
“This morning, the Cleveland Browns were informed that a player and staff member have tested positive for COVID-19,” the team said in a statement. “The Browns facility is currently closed while contact tracing is taking place to identify any high-risk close contacts. The team will continue to work remotely and follow the NFL-NFLPA intensive protocols as the health and safety of our team, staff and the entire community is our highest priority.”
It’s the latest COVID-19 issue to face the Browns (10-5), who can clinch their first playoff berth since 2002 with a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in their regular-season finale on Sunday. Even with a loss, the Browns can make the postseason, dependent on the outcome of other games.
On Tuesday, the team put tight end Harrison Bryant and safeties Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Last Sunday, in a 23-16 loss to the New York Jets, the Browns played without most of their wide receivers, who were forced to sit out of the game because of contact tracing.
The Browns are hopeful the receiving corps, including leader Jarvis Landry (789 yards), will be able to return against the Steelers.
Stefanski said Wednesday that rookie offensive tackle Jedrick Wills would return this week from non-COVID-related illness, but the Browns weren’t sure when he will practice.