Cleveland Browns Shut Down Practice Facility After COVID-19 Outbreak Among Coaching Staff

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January 2, 2021 9:40 pm

The Cleveland Browns managed to salvage their NFL season this year. After losing Odell Beckham Jr. earlier in the season, many expected the Browns to falter and miss the Playoffs.

However, thanks to the solid performances of Baker Mayfield, the Browns managed to find themselves in playoff contention. But after all that, the spot may now be at risk.

Nov 29, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Collin Johnson (19) runs for a touchdown against Cleveland Browns cornerback Terrance Mitchell (39) and strong safety Karl Joseph (42) during the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier today, the Cleveland Browns organization put out a statement that they shut down their practice facility due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

A member of the Browns’ coaching staff tested positive for the virus, and the Browns put forth a statement revealing that the facility was shut down.

The statement read“The Cleveland Browns were informed this morning that a member of their coaching staff has tested positive for COVID-19.

“The team will continue virtual meetings as the facility is currently closed while contact tracing is conducted. We will consult with league medical professionals on the appropriate next steps.”

Cleveland Browns potentially missing the Playoffs

This news comes off the back of the Browns reopening their practice facility after a previous COVID-19 outbreak that sidelined several players from the team.

Members from the team were missing when the Browns played against the New York Jets. The outbreak threatened to jeopardize their playoff chances.

The Cleveland Browns will relinquish their playoff position if the outbreak becomes a bigger issue. They worked for an entire season where they fought to get a playoff spot. The outbreak serves as extremely unfortunate news for Browns fans, who have seen their team rally throughout the season.

Dec 6, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) takes a deep breath as he leaves the field after a win against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Few people expected the Browns to perform to their lofty expectations. Yet, they still maintain a respectable position in the NFC, with a 10-5 record.

Many analysts have praised Baker Mayfield for how well he played, especially in the absence of star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. However, it seems like they will be unable to play in the Playoffs this year.

The NFL is yet to make any kind of statement on the Browns’ outbreak. With the situation of the league, the NFL executives will be cautious. One thing remains for certain; this could be an unfortunate end to the Browns’ season.

Aaditya Krishnamurthy

Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports. He has an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts with a focus on International Relations. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune podcast until he graduated. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now. He staunchly believes that Derrick Rose, his favorite player, would be a Top-3 player today had he not gotten injured.

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