The Cleveland Browns closed their training facility on Tuesday after learning head coach Kevin Stefanski was among five members of the organization to test positive for COVID-19.
Stefanski will be required to isolate and miss the Browns’ first playoff game in 18 years when the team visits the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. The Browns announced that special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as their acting head coach.
“The Cleveland Browns were informed this morning that Head Coach Kevin Stefanski, two additional members of the coaching staff and two players have tested positive for COVID-19. Our facility is currently closed while contact tracing is taking place,” the team announced in a statement.
“The team will continue to consult with the league and medical experts to determine the appropriate next steps as the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff and the entire community remains our highest priority.”
We were informed this morning that Head Coach Kevin Stefanski, two additional members of the coaching staff and two players have tested positive for COVID-19.
Our contingency planning calls for Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer to serve as the acting Head Coach. pic.twitter.com/Mhh9Zt1e4d
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) January 5, 2021
While the Browns did not divulge the identities of the others, ESPN reported that it involved coaches for the team’s defensive backs and tight ends as well as a wide receiver and offensive lineman.
The Browns closed their facility on three separate days last week after learning of positive tests for COVID-19.
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