The Browns are dealing with a serious COVID-19 outbreak.
Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield has tested positive for COVID-19, Adam Schefter reported Wednesday — a day after the team placed eight players on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Mayfield reportedly “feels completely normal,” despite the positive result. Cleveland also announced Wednesday that head coach Kevin Stefanski tested positive for coronavirus. According to reports, the team is expecting more positive tests throughout the day.
Mayfield, per NFL health protocols, must submit two negative tests to return to the team. Backup Case Keenum is next in line to start Saturday’s game against the Raiders. Nick Mullens is the third-stringer.
The team said Tuesday it entered the NFL’s enhanced COVID-19 protocols due to the rising cases on its roster.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero confirmed eight active Browns players tested positive for the virus: wide receiver Jarvis Landry, tight end Austin Hooper, offensive tackle Jedrick Wills, guard Wyatt Teller, guard Drew Forbes, defensive end Takkarist McKinley. Wideout JoJo Natson and tight end Ross Travis from the practice squad also tested positive.
On Monday and Tuesday, 75 NFL players tested positive for COVID, with that number on the rise early Wednesday.