CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Colts, who lost 32-23 to the Browns, closed their facility on Sunday due to several positive COVID-19 tests.
The news comes a day after the Browns sent Odell Beckham Jr. home with an unspecified disease out of abundance of caution. The Browns are awaiting the results of Beckham’s COVID-19 test from Thursday before being allowed to return to the facility.
The Browns play the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday, and the Colts are scheduled to host the Bengals.
“This morning we were informed that several people in our organization have tested positive for COVID-1
Odell Beckham Jr. sent home from the Browns facility Thursday with an illness
Falke closed their facility Thursday because an employee tested positive. Then they put defensive tackle Marlon Davidson on their COVID-19 reserve list. Other prominent NFL players, including Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, have tested positive.
The Colts news comes days after 10 NFL teams had changed their schedules due to positive tests on multiple teams. The Titans, who had 23 members of the organization test positive, had to reschedule two games due to the virus.
“With this day and age, you just have to be so careful in this environment so you just want to be sure we’re proactive in that regard,” Stefanski said Thursday about sending Beckham home in the morning. “[He was] just feel under the air. You have heard it said – abundance of caution. ”
Brown’s decision was in line with the new guidelines outlined Thursday by the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills, that everyone with flu-like symptoms like cough, sore throat and stuffy nose will be sent home now that flu season has arrived.
“Even though they have a negative [COVID-19] test the day we keep that person out of the facility, ”Sills said during a conference. “In case of doubt, we will go with the most conservative (approach).”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ruled in a conference call Tuesday not to postpone the Super Bowl, which is set for Feb. 7 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.
“If there’s one consistent theme in our season, it’s flexibility and adaptability,” he said.
Stefanski acknowledged that the Browns should close the facility if Beckham or anyone else tested positive. Early Friday morning, the Browns had yet to say a word about Beckham’s test from Thursday. They moved in on Thursday due to bad weather and it was closed to the media due to COVID. They plan to practice on Friday at. 11:15.
The 4-0 Steelers have already had their Week 4 game against the Titans postponed to October 25 in Week 7.
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The Browns had a COVID-19 scare on August 23, when double-digit members of the organization tested positive, then were tested again, and the tests came back negative. They canceled practice that day, but coach Kevin Stefanski and others could not attend until they got their negative tests back the next day.
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