The Cleveland Browns have temporarily closed their facility and will practice remotely after two other members of the organization test positive for the coronavirus.
The team said in a statement on Wednesday that a player and a staff member returned positive tests.
The Browns currently have nine players on the reserve / COVID-19 roster after moving safeties Andrew Sendejo and Karl Joseph and tight end Harrison Bryant from the active roster on Tuesday.
“This morning, the Cleveland Browns were informed that a player and staff member tested positive for COVID-19,” the team said. “Browns facility is currently closed while contact tracing is underway to identify close high-risk contacts.
“The team will continue to work remotely and follow intensive NFL-NFLPA protocols, as the health and safety of our team, staff and the entire community is our top priority.”
Cleveland’s Week 17 home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers currently continues as scheduled on Sunday. The Browns can clinch their first playoff spot since 2002 and end the NFL’s longest playoff drought with a win.
The Browns could also have secured a playoff berth with a victory over the then 1-13 New York Jets last week, but suffered a 23-16 loss with several Cleveland players unavailable due to COVID-19 testing. positive or contact tracing.
Cleveland played this game without wide receivers Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge, as well as left tackle Jedrick Wills and starting linebacker BJ Goodson.
The Browns hope to return to most of that squad for Sunday’s game, although both Goodson and Sendejo will miss the game after testing positive.