Blog: Browns COVID outbreak impacts head coach, more than a dozen players


CLEVELAND, OHIO – OCTOBER 21: Head coach Kevin Stefanski of the Cleveland Browns looks on against the Denver Broncos in the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 21, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – The good feelings that came after the Cleveland Browns’ win over the Baltimore Ravens were short-lived.

The team has announced 14 people with the organization have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two days, including head coach Kevin Stefanski, quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Jarvis Landry.

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Stefanski held a press conference Wednesday after the team announced he was COVID-19 positive.

The Browns host the Las Vegas Raiders Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Live updates:

  • Stefanski – The message to the team is we all have to do our jobs
  • “I don’t feel much different than I felt yesterday.”
  • “I’d like to see the Browns play well over the Raiders,” Stefanski said when asked if he’d like to see the NFL delay the game.
  • Stefanski says he knows there are distractions, says he’s trying to keep the focus on Saturday
  • “Baker is locked in,” Stefanski says of Mayfield.
  • “I’m feeling fine,” Stefanski says.
  • Stefanski did not offer updates on the condition of other players who tested positive
  • “We have really good leaders on this team.”
  • Stefanski says they did not know if the outbreak was connected to bye week (Dec. 5)
  • “They guys proved last year they don’t need me,” Stefanski said. Stefanski missed the Browns wildcard playoff game against the Steelers in Jan. 2021 following positive COVID-19 test. The Browns won 48-37.
  • “They’ll be ready. That’s what they do. That’s their job.” – Stefanski
  • “We’ve been here before.” – Mike Priefer
  • “We’re hoping that there won’t be any more.” – Priefer on positive COVID tests
  • “Next man up mentality.”
  • “We’re so organized here, we have a plan for pretty much everything.” – Priefer
  • “We have plenty of time to get ready. We will be ready.”
  • Stefanski will be head coach until kickoff Priefer says. Priefer will be acting head coach if Stefanski does not return two negative COVID tests.
  • “I have the utmost confidence in Case,” Alex Van Pelt says of Keenum
  • “Been there before,” AVP on team in enhanced COVID protocols
  • “We’ll have some healthy bodies that will be active on game day.” – AVP
  • Browns press conference schedule
    • 11:30 a.m. Stefanski
    • 11:45 a.m. Priefer
    • 12:00 p.m. Joe Woods
    • 12:15 p.m. Alex Van Pelt
    • TBD Select players

COVID-19 list:

  • HC Kevin Stefanski
  • Acting RB Coach Ryan Cordell
  • QB Baker Mayfield
  • WR Jarvis Landry
  • CB Troy Hill
  • DT Malik McDowell
  • DE Ifeadi Odenigbo
  • S John Johnson
  • TE Austin Hooper
  • OT Jedrick Wills
  • G Wyatt Teller
  • G Drew Forbes
  • DE Takkarist McKinley
  • WR Jojo Natson
  • TE Ross Travis practice squad

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