The Browns kept their training facility closed on Thursday amid coronavirus concerns.
The team placed linebacker Malcolm Smith and cornerback Denzel Ward on his reserve / COVID-19 list; the two joined tight winger Harrison Bryant and securities Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo, who were placed on the roster on Tuesday.
Cleveland has decided to continue preparations for their Sunday clash against the Steelers from a distance after two more players tested positive. ESPN reported that Smith and Ward tested positive with Bryant this week.
“In light of today’s positive test results and after consulting with the NFL, we have decided to keep our facilities closed for the day,” said the Browns.
“As we have said before, the health and well-being of our players, coaches and employees is our top priority and this decision was made with that in mind. We will continue our preparation for the Steelers today from a distance and hope to open our facilities to practice [Friday]. “
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The team also activated five players, including wide receiver Jarvis Landry, from the COVID-19 roster.
The Browns (10-5) can reach the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2002 with a win over the Steelers (12-3).