Browns Shut Down Facility Following Another Positive COVID-19 Test
December 31Michael ArinzeSportsGrid
The Cleveland Browns have yet to contain the coronavirus outbreak that is running rampant through their team. On Thursday, the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that two more players, tight end Harrison Bryant and linebacker Malcolm Smith, have tested positive for the virus. This latest return of positive test results triggered another closure of their training facility just three days away from essentially a playoff play-in game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Bryant and Smith join safety Andrew Sendeho and linebacker B.J. Goodson on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which will keep them out of Sunday’s matchup.
The Browns could catch a break if Pittsburgh decides to rest a majority of their starters. The Steelers have already acknowledged that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would be rested in favor of their backup, Mason Rudolph.
FanDuel is currently trading the Browns as an 8.5-point favorite. With the point spread that high, you would have to think that more Pittsburgh players are set to miss out on Sunday.
Brown’s beat reporter Nate Ulrich reports that Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt and defensive end are likely to sit out on Sunday against the Browns.
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