Cleveland Browns closed facility after positive test on coaching staff

Ahead of a crucial game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the Cleveland Brows have a positive COVID-19 test within their coaching staff and the club facility was shut down on Saturday morning, NFL Network’s Mike Gerafo said.

Gerafolo reports that Sunday’s game is on schedule.

The Brows released a statement Saturday morning:

“The Cleveland Browse was informed this morning that a member of their coaching staff has tested positive for COVID-19. The team will continue the virtual meeting as the facility is currently closed due to contact. We will consult with the league’s medical professionals. Appropriate next steps.”

The positive test and facility shut down just a day after the team recorded no new positive tests after Thursday in which NFL Network’s Tom Palesro noted linebacker Malcolm Smith and tight end Harrison Bryant tested positive for COVID-19. Cornwack K Denzel Ward was also placed on the Reserve / COVID-19 list on Thursday.

Cleveland will play Pittsburgh in Week 17 in search of a win to win the playoff berth.

  • Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Mike Daniels, who has started 11 games this season, has tested positive for coronavirus, NFL Network insiders Ian Rapoport and Gerafo reported Saturday morning. Daniels will miss Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Players from other Bengals have shown symptoms and the team is working through close contact protocol. The scheduled team has been postponed until next Saturday after Kathru as the team follows suit.