Head Coach Stefanski, Players Bitonio And Hodge Tests Positive For Covid-19

(official Browns Release)

Statement from the Cleveland Browns

“The Cleveland Browns were informed this morning that Head Coach Kevin Stefanski, two additional members of the coaching staff and two players have tested positive for COVID-19. Our facility is currently closed while contact tracing is taking place. The team will continue to consult with the league and medical experts to determine the appropriate next steps as the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff and the entire community remains our highest priority. Our contingency planning calls for Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer to serve as the acting Head Coach.”

Browns place two on COVID-19 list, two on IR

 The Cleveland Browns have placed G Joel Bitonio and WR KhaDarel Hodge on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.* The team also placed C Nick Harris (knee) and DE Olivier Vernon (Achilles) on injured reserve.

Harris, a fifth-round pick this season, appeared in 12 games with one start at right guard. Vernon started 12 of his 13 games played and totaled 36 tackles, nine sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one safety. He was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 11.

*This reserve list category was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. Per agreed upon NFL-NFLPA policy, clubs are not permitted to comment on player’s medical status other than referring to roster status. Clubs may not disclose whether player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.