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Washington closes facility after COVID-19 outbreak

The Washington Football Team closed its facility for the rest of the week after coaches and staff members tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Wednesday.

NFL Network reported the positive cases came in the aftermath of a get-together outside of the team facility after Washington’s season ended in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

“Earlier this week we became aware that members of our organization tested positive for COVID-19,” the team said in a statement. “These individuals have now quarantined. All other players and staff who remain in the area continue to follow the testing cadence and guidelines under the offseason protocols. Out of an abundance of caution, however, we chose to close the Inova Sports Performance Center for several days and have the staff work from home.”

Washington won the NFC East with a 7-9 record but lost to Tampa Bay in the wild-card round.

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Browns coach Kevin Stefanski among 5 positive tests

The Cleveland Browns closed their training facility on Tuesday after learning head coach Kevin Stefanski was among five members of the organization to test positive for COVID-19.

Stefanski will be required to isolate and miss the Browns’ first playoff game in 18 years when the team visits the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. The Browns announced that special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as their acting head coach.

“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 announced in a statement.

“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.”

While the Browns did not divulge the identities of the others, ESPN reported that it involved coaches for the team’s defensive backs and tight ends as well as a wide receiver and offensive lineman.

The Browns closed their facility on three separate days last week after learning of positive tests for COVID-19.

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Browns reopen facility after no new positives

The Cleveland Browns reopened their facility Friday after reporting no new positive results for COVID-19.

The team facility was closed the past two days, and the Browns canceled Thursday’s practice after consecutive days of positive results. The team was expected to practice Friday afternoon.

Star cornerback Denzel Ward was put on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday along with linebacker Malcolm Smith. Tight end Harrison Bryant and safety Andrew Sendejo were put on the list earlier this week. Linebacker B.J. Goodson has been on the list since last Saturday. All tested positive, per reports.

It’s the latest COVID-19 issue to face the Browns (10-5), who can clinch their first playoff berth since 2002 with a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in their regular-season finale on Sunday. Even with a loss, the Browns can make the postseason, dependent on the outcome of other games.

Last Sunday, in a 23-16 loss to the New York Jets, the Browns played without most of their wide receivers, who were forced to sit out of the game because of contact tracing. However, the group — leading receiver Jarvis Landry (789 yards) plus Rashard Higgins, rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge – was activated off the reserve list on Thursday along with linebacker Jacob Phillips.

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Two more Browns test positive, facility shut down again

The Cleveland Browns closed their training facility for the second straight day on Thursday after two additional COVID-19 positive tests in the organization.

The individuals were not identified by the team, however NFL Network reported that linebacker Malcolm Smith and tight end Harrison Bryant tested positive. Bryant already was on the reserve/COVID-19 list after being in close contact with someone who tested positive.

“The Cleveland Browns were informed of two additional positive COVID-19 test results among our players this morning,” the Browns said in a statement. “The Browns facility is currently closed while contact tracing is conducted to identify any high-risk close contacts. The team will continue to work remotely this morning while following the NFL-NFLPA intensive protocols as the health and safety of our team, staff and the entire community remains our highest priority.”

The Browns also closed their facility on Wednesday after a coach and practice squad player tested positive for COVID-19. The team placed practice squad center Javon Patterson on the reserve/COVID-19 list that day.

It’s the latest COVID-19 issue to face the Browns (10-5), who can clinch their first playoff berth since 2002 with a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in their regular-season finale on Sunday. Even with a loss, the Browns can make the postseason, dependent on the outcome of other games.

On Tuesday, the team put safeties Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo, as well as Bryant, on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Last Sunday, in a 23-16 loss to the New York Jets, the Browns played without most of their wide receivers, who were forced to sit out of the game because of contact tracing.

The Browns are hopeful the receiving corps, including leader Jarvis Landry (789 yards), will be able to return against the Steelers.

Coach Kevin Stefanski said Wednesday that rookie offensive tackle Jedrick Wills would return this week from a non-COVID-related illness, but the Browns weren’t sure when he would practice.

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Browns close facility after player tests positive for virus

The Cleveland Browns closed their facility in Berea, Ohio, for the second time in as many days on Wednesday after a player tested positive for COVID-19.

The Browns said they were informed of the positive test of the player, who wasn’t identified, on Wednesday morning. The team will work remotely for the remainder of the day as contact tracing is underway.

“The team will continue to consult with the league and medical experts on the appropriate next steps as the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff and the entire community remains our highest priority,” the Browns said in a statement.

Defensive end Myles Garrett, offensive lineman Chris Hubbard, fullback Andy Janovich and backup defensive end Joe Jackson currently are on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Garrett and Jackson will not be available for the Browns (7-3) on Sunday when they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9).

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Falcons shut down facility after positive COVID-19 test

The Atlanta Falcons shut down their facility Thursday morning after learning of a new positive COVID-19 test.

The team, which changed coaches this week after an 0-5 start, announced the closure of the Flowery Branch, Ga., facility but did not address the status of the scheduled game against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Falcons did not identify the person in question, however multiple media outlets reported that the individual is not a player.

“Out of an abundance of caution following one new positive test, we have made the decision to stop all in-person work at IBM Performance Field Thursday and will conduct operations virtually,” the Falcons said in a statement. “This decision was made in consultation with the NFL and medical officials. The health and safety of our team is our highest priority.”

The Falcons placed rookie defensive lineman Marlon Davidson on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday after he tested positive for the coronavirus.

Davidson played 12 snaps on defense and five more on special teams during Atlanta’s 23-16 loss to Carolina on Sunday.

The 22-year-old was the second Falcons player to test positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the regular season.

First-round draft pick A.J. Terrell tested positive prior to the team’s 30-26 setback to Chicago on Sept. 27. He was the first NFL player to miss a game because of COVID-19.

The Falcons (0-5) seek their first win under interim head coach Raheem Morris on Sunday when they visit the Vikings (1-4).

–Field Level Media