After a single day of high numbers of confirmed positive coronavirus tests among NFL players on Monday, the increase has hit one team particularly hard. The Cleveland Browns placed 14 players on the Covid-19 roster, including quarterback Baker Mayfield, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, a pandemic that threatened the team’s readiness for Saturday’s Las Vegas Raiders game while also highlighting the difficulty of containing the virus while trying. keep NFL timing on the road.
The case cluster at the Browns is also part of a nationwide increase. affected by the NBA and NHL organizations have caused sports leagues to reconsider their protocols despite high vaccination rates. According to the league, more than 94 percent of NFL players are vaccinated.
The team added on Wednesday that coach Kevin Stefanski has tested positive and will be training just before Cleveland’s game against the Raiders. Under NFL protocols, Stefanski, like all vaccinated players and staff, can return after having two negative tests 24 hours apart and showing no symptoms. If he doesn’t clear protocol by Saturday, special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will head the game.
The Browns placed Mayfield on the Covid-19 list on Wednesday, along with four defenders and a member of their training staff. They joined eight teammates who were listed on the Covid-19 list on Tuesday.
The Cleveland team tapped into the league’s advanced mitigation protocols, which included holding meetings remotely and requiring masking regardless of vaccination status. An NFL spokesperson said there was no discussion about the postponement of Saturday’s game despite the pandemic.
The Browns are one of the few NFL teams to deal with the coronavirus outages. League-wide, 37 players tested positive for the virus on Monday, the highest number during the pandemic. That day, the league sent a memo to all 32 teams mandating these essential personnel, including coaches and team personnel who are in regular contact with players. Get booster shots until December 27 or relegated to non-contact roles. The move is “to ensure we continue to reduce the risk of contagion and allow us to finish the NFL season safely during the pandemic.”
Los Angeles Rams played Monday night Without five players who tested positive on Monday. On Tuesday, they added nine more players to the Covid-19 reserve roster. A Washington Football Team employee has reportedly tested positive for the Omicron variant, the first such instance in the league. The Detroit Lions have placed nine players on the Covid-19 reserve roster in the past nine days and are also on advanced mitigation protocols that include daily testing and mask-wearing guidelines for all players. The NFL has resisted the imposition of stricter league-wide procedures.
Apart from last season, the NFL has mandated vaccinations for coaches and essential personnel, saying those who refuse can’t interact with players. The league did not require players to be vaccinated, but strongly encouraged unvaccinated players by subjecting them to stricter protocols. For those who are vaccinated, they are tested every day, as opposed to weekly tests. Unvaccinated players are also required to wear masks at team facilities, travel on separate planes to away games, and follow social distancing rules in the weight rooms.