The Cleveland Browns now have nine players and one coach who have tested positive before a must-win game, six of those players being major pieces.
News for the Cleveland Browns continues to get worse this Wednesday morning. After eight players tested positive on Tuesday (five key players), you can now add Baker Mayfield and Kevin Stefanski to the list of players/coaches on the COVID19 list.
That means the offense will now be missing Jarvis Landry, Baker Mayfield, Jedrick Wills, Wyatt Teller, and Austin Hooper on Sunday. Not to mention that Kareem Hunt is likely out with a separate injury and Jack Conklin has already been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list.
If missing your starting quarterback and three-fifths of your offensive line isn’t bad enough, now you throw in a head coach and play-caller out? Just when you think things can’t get any worse, they do.
At this point, let’s just hope the David Njoku and Harrison Bryant can return, or the Browns won’t have any of their top four preseason tight ends available.
There is a chance that one or two of these guys can have two negative tests and have a chance to play, but with the game being on Saturday it makes those chances even less likely.
Will the NFL step in and give the Browns a break like they did the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens last season by moving a game to Tuesday?
At this point, it feels like the answer is no, but with the latest news today you never know what will happen.
One thing remains unchanged, whenever the Browns face the Las Vegas Raiders, it’s a game they must win to have a chance at making the playoffs or winning the division.