NFL Browns, Saints hit by Covid-19 on eve of massive video games

The Cleveland Browns, chasing their first NFL playoff berth in 17 seasons, closed their coaching facility Saturday for the third time in 4 days after a coach examined constructive for Covid-19.

The Browns (10-5) entertain Pittsburgh (12-3) on Sunday needing a victory after every week of disruptions to make sure a long-sought post-season berth.

“The Cleveland Browns have been knowledgeable this morning {that a} member of their teaching workers has examined constructive for COVID-19,” the staff mentioned in an announcement.

“The staff will proceed digital conferences as the ability is at present closed whereas contact tracing is performed. We are going to seek the advice of with league medical professionals on the suitable subsequent steps.”

The most recent check marks the second constructive outcome for the virus from the teaching workers this week, with huge receivers coach Chad O’Shea already dominated out for Sunday.

The Browns additionally closed their facility Wednesday and Thursday after constructive assessments and no less than 5 gamers are anticipated to overlook the Steelers sport resulting from Covid-19 security protocol guidelines, both testing constructive or being in shut contact with somebody who has.

A number of reviews mentioned Browns linebacker Malcolm Smith, tight finish Harrison Bryant and cornerback Denzel Ward examined constructive for Covid-19.

At New Orleans, the Saints will probably be with out their whole set of working backs after star rusher Alvin Kamara examined constructive for Covid-19 and all different working backs have been in shut contact with him, based on ESPN and the NFL Community.

Saints working backs Latavius Murray, Dwayne Washington, Michael Burton and working backs coach Joel Thomas will probably be unavailable Sunday in opposition to the Carolina Panthers (5-10).

The Saints (11-4) want a victory to have any probability at overtaking Inexperienced Bay (12-3) for the highest seed within the Nationwide Convention and a first-round bye.

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