UPDATE: The player that tested positive is OL Chris Hubbard. He has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. The team is practicing on Friday afternoon.
First Ohio State…now the Browns.
Here is the statement the team released:
“Earlier this morning, the Cleveland Browns were informed that a player’s test results have come back positive for COVID-19. The individual has immediately self-isolated and the Browns facility is closed this morning while contact tracing is being conducted. The team will continue to hold meetings remotely (part of the NFL-NFLPA intensive protocol) and will consult with the league and medical experts on the appropriate next steps as the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff and the entire community remains our highest priority.” via the Browns
This virus doesn’t seem to be going away in the near future. Hopefully, this is a false-positive and the team will be able to play this weekend against the Houston Texans at First Energy Stadium in Cleveland. However, there is a chance the game may be in jeopardy.
It’s not just the one positive player that can be put on the injury list and that’s it. As we all know, with a virus such a COVID-19 compared to say a broken leg, it’s everyone that player came into contact with in recent times and not just said positive person that is at risk.
Of course, while the health and safety of the players is first and foremost, this fanbase just went through a bye-week and was certainly looking forward to getting back football this weekend. This could potentially cancel Sunday’s game.
This via a Yahoo article posted Thursday:
A day after Gov. Mike DeWine issued a new, stricter mask mandate, health officials confirmed a record-breaking 7,101 new coronavirus cases among Ohioans.
All of Ohio’s counties now have significant local spread of COVID-19, DeWine said. Nearly every Ohioan is living in a “red” county, meaning there is a “very high” risk of contracting the virus locally.