Blog: Kevin Stefanski returns as Cleveland Browns prep for Christmas Day game in Green Bay


CLEVELAND, OHIO – NOVEMBER 21: Head coach Kevin Stefanski of the Cleveland Browns looks on from the side line during the game against the Detroit Lions at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – The Cleveland Browns are hoping to get back to full health before facing the Packers in Green Bay on Christmas Day.

Wednesday, Browns players and head coach Kevin Stefanski spoke to speak to the media about preparations this week.

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Kevin Stefanski cleared COVID-19 protocols and returned to the Browns CrossCountry Mortgage campus Wednesday.

The Browns have 3 games left on their schedule for the regular season.

They’re currently at the bottom of the AFC North, but just one win behind the leader of the division, the Cincinnati Bengals.

After Green Bay, the Browns head to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers, then play the Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Kickoff against the Packers is at 4:30 p.m. The game airs on FOX 8.


  • JC Tretter C is up first. He’s also President of the NFL Players Association.
  • “You have to figure out the path forward,” JC said about NFL changing COVID protocols
  • Tretter says the players want daily testing
  • “It’s been a trying week, 2 weeks, for everybody.”
  • Had the game against the Raiders been canceled, players would not have been paid, Tretter says
  • Malik Jackson DT is up next
  • “It was super crazy not knowing if you’re going to play or not.”
  • “It gave our guys who are injured to really get back.”
  • “Try to go to 10-7. That’s the goal.”
  • Head Coach Kevin Stefanski cleared COVID-19 protocols
    • Activated from reserve/COVID-19 (2):
      TE Austin Hooper
    • LB Jacob Phillips
    • Placed on reserve/COVID-19 (1):
      CB Greg Newsome
    • Waived from reserve/COVID-19 (1):
      P Jamie Gillan
    • Restored to practice squad from practice squad/COVID-19 (1):
      WR JoJo Natson
  • Stefanski: We have to be really locked in this week. We have to make today count, make tomorrow count and get on the plane and head to Green Bay.
  • Stefanski: Re. Greg Newsome going on the COVID list Wednesday — It’s disappointing when we don’t have our guys for any reason. But Greedy Williams stepped up…and we’ll continue to call upon him this week.
  • Stefanski: Team is still evaluating whether Myles Garrett will play Saturday.
  • Stefanski: Says his understanding is that the players who were placed on COVID protocol Dec. 15 or before will play Saturday. Will still be evaluated on player-by-player basis.

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