Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said Wednesday he is feeling fine after testing positive for COVID-19.
The team announced Tuesday that Stefanski and four other members of the organization had tested positive, making them unavailable for Sunday night’s wild-card playoff game at Pittsburgh.
“I’m good. I’ll be fine,” Stefanski said during a Zoom call with reporters. “My concern is for our players, our coaches, our team going forward.”
The Browns’ training facility remained closed early Wednesday pending additional COVID-19 test results, but Stefanski said there were no new positive tests among the high-risk close contacts.
He also confirmed that offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt will call the plays in his absence.
“I just put my finger on a play chart and read,” Stefanski said. “Alex Van Pelt can do that better than me.”
Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as the acting head coach against the Steelers.
NFL rules prohibit Stefanski from coaching the team remotely during the game and he said he hasn’t asked the league to make an exception.
“I know what the rules are and I’ll follow them,” he said.
Stefanski, 38, is a leading candidate for NFL Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Browns (11-5) to their best record since 1994 and their first playoff berth since 2002.
In addition to Stefanski, the other positive tests reported Tuesday belonged to tight ends coach Drew Petzing, defensive backs coach Jeff Howard, Pro Bowl left guard Joel Bitonio and wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge.