The Browns were forced to shutter their facility for the second straight day Thursday after two more players tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple reports.
In the midst of their first 10-win season since 2007, the Browns’ luck on the field hasn’t translated to keeping the coronavirus out of their organization. The team announced Wednesday that it had to close its headquarters due to additional COVID-19 cases, but were able to return in the afternoon after contact tracing had been completed.
Cleveland shut the facility down for a second time Thursday morning, but again hopes to have the contact tracing process completed again in time to practice in the afternoon.
In Sunday’s loss to the Jets, the Browns were without Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan People-Jones, KaDarel Hodge, B.J Goodson and Jacob Phillips, all of whom were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to kickoff.
The COVID-19 chaos comes at an inopportune time for the Browns, who are fighting for their first playoff berth since 2002.
Should the Browns lose to the Steelers Sunday, they would need either a Colts loss or a Titans loss along with wins by the Ravens and Dolphins in order to make the postseason.
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