Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has been placed on the COVID-19 list to begin training camp.
On Sunday, as the rookies for the Cleveland Browns were reporting for training camp, two days before the veterans report on Tuesday, the team announced they were placing one of their top picks in the 2021 NFL Draft on the Reserve/COVID-19 list sending linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah to the list.
This isn’t the first time this offseason that the Browns have had to deal with COVID-19 issues, as during OTA’s, the team had to send several players home after a positive test.
Of course, the Browns also had several issues with COVID-19 during the 2020 season, including an outbreak within the team that required them to essentially play an entire backup wide receiver unit. They also lost their head coach, Kevin Stefanski, during the Wild Card round of the 2020 NFL playoffs, as he tested positive and had to be absent from the team for a week.
While the Browns did end up winning that first playoff game, and were able to move on the Divisional Round, the fact that COVID-19 is still rearing its head around the team facilities has to bring back some bad memories from these instances in 2020.
Obviously, anyone testing positive for COVID-19 is a big deal, but this is especially a big deal for a rookie like Owusu-Koramoah. Every rookie needs as much time in the offseason and during training camp to put in work, learn the system, and earn their spot on the team. While Owusu should have no issues making the team, he still very much needs the time that he’s missing to improve his craft.
The Browns have not made it known if their rookie linebacker is vaccinated or not, but that will likely become known soon depending on how quickly he returns to the team. If a player is vaccinated, he can return to the team after having two negative tests within a 24 hour span. Any unvaccinated player much be quarantined for 10 days prior to being able to return.
The Cleveland Browns and their fans all wish Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah a speedy recovery, and hope to see him on the field at training camp and this preseason very soon.