Browns Still Awaiting Approval to Reopen Practice Facility
January 8Michael ArinzeSportsGrid
The Browns’ facility remains closed as the team awaits the results of their latest COVID-19 tests.
Contact tracers believe that there may have been some player-to-player transmission from the previous batch of tests. Cleveland is hoping to be able to practice today after they were kept out of the facility for the week.
The Browns apparently remain in good spirits, with Baker Mayfield saying that he doesn’t expect the lack of practice to play a role in their game on Sunday. Mayfield has yet to throw a football since he last stepped on the field in Week 17. At this time, the NFL hasn’t shown any intention to cancel Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cleveland already has starters safety Ronnie Harrison and left guard Joel Bitonio. Backup linebacker Montrel Meander and receiver KhaDarel Hodge are also on the list, including head coach Kevin Stefanski and some staff assistants. Stefanski could end up being a big loss for the Browns as he also handles their offensive play-calling duties.
The Steelers opened as a 3.5-point favorite, and they’re currently a 6-point favorite at FanDuel.
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