The Cleveland Browns will work remotely for the third time in four days after closing their training facility on Saturday due to a coach testing positive for COVID-19.
The name of the coach was not released, but the Browns had already announced on Friday that Callie Brownson would replace Chad O’Shea as wide receivers coach on Sunday.
The facility was open on Friday after being closed the previous two days, which led the Browns to cancel Thursday’s practice after consecutive days of positive results.
Star cornerback Denzel Ward was put on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday along with linebacker Malcolm Smith. Tight end Harrison Bryant and safety Andrew Sendejo were put on the list earlier this week. Linebacker B.J. Goodson has been on the list since last Saturday. All tested positive, per reports.
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.
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. However, the group — leading receiver Jarvis Landry (789 yards) plus Rashard Higgins, rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge — was activated off the reserve list on Thursday along with linebacker Jacob Phillips.