CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - During his remarks on Wednesday, Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said he believes there have not been any additional players to test positive for COVID-19.
Contract tracing was also conducted, according to the Browns head coach, and no additional players were moved to the COVID-19/reserve list on Wednesday.
The team announced on Tuesday, just days before Cleveland’s first NFL playoff game in 18 years, that Stefanski, wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge, guard Joel Bitonio, and two other staff members tested positive for the coronavirus, ruling them ineligible for Sunday’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Stefanski said he is feeling fine, but expressed disappointment that the two players can’t participate in Cleveland’s Wild Card game and worry for the rest of the team.
“My concern is for our players, our coaches, our team going forward,” Stefanski said.
Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer will be acting head coach for Sunday’s game, Stefanski confirmed, while Alex Van Pelt will call the plays on offensive.
Per NFL policy, players and coaches to test positive for the coronavirus must remain away from the team for at least 10 days. Those identified as individuals who come in close contact to someone with a COVID-19 infection must remain apart from the team for at least five days from the date of exposure.