Rtl today – American football: Browns ace Mayfield, coach Stefanski positive for Covid-19


Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and head coach Kevin Stefanski entered NFL Covid-19 protocols on Thursday as the surge in coronavirus cases continued.

The Browns said in a statement that Mayfield was among five players placed on the Covid-19 / reserve roster, a day after eight Cleveland players were put on the roster.

Under NFL privacy rules, teams are not allowed to say whether players placed on the roster have tested positive for Covid-19 or have been in contact with someone infected with the virus.

However, US media said Mayfield tested positive.

Mayfield, who is vaccinated, must test negative twice within 24 hours in order to return for the Browns’ clash with the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday.

In a separate announcement, the Browns said Stefanski tested positive for Covid-19.

If Stefanski is unable to deliver two negative results before Saturday, special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will work on the sidelines against the Raiders.

This is the second time this year that Stefanski has been sidelined from Covid-19. In January, he was forced to miss the Browns’ wild card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after testing positive for the virus.

“The message to the team, as you can imagine, is that we all have to do our jobs, and that’s what I’m doing,” Stefanski told reporters on a video call Thursday.

“We’ve been here before and I don’t feel much different from how I felt yesterday – everyone needs to step up based on availability.”

The cases in Cleveland are part of a large increase in cases that swept across North America this week, with basketball and ice hockey both being forced to postpone games due to the increase in cases .

The Los Angeles Rams, who closed their training facility on Tuesday after nine players were placed on the Covid-19 roster, said Wednesday that three other players had entered protocols.

The Kansas City Chiefs, Washington football team and New York Giants also put players on the Covid-19 roster on Wednesday.

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