What’s new is old for the Cleveland Browns. The team will spend half the season without Odell Beckham Jr. just like in 2020 and now the team will have to deal with COVID-19 fallout just like in 2020.
Running backs Nick Chubb, Demetric Felton and John Kelly were all on the reserve/COVID-19 list this week and were joined by practice squad players Lawrence Cager and Bryan Mills.
Based on the current NFL COVID-19 protocols, the team will now implement enhanced protocols similar to some of the 2020 protocols for the team. Cleveland will hold all of their meetings virtually, wear masks while indoors, and test daily, regardless of vaccination status.
While the team is used to last year’s virtual encounters and wearing a mask, more players could risk missing Sunday’s game due to the daily tests. Prior to the improved protocols, vaccinated players were tested only once a week.
Based on the information available, Chubb and Felton have been fully vaccinated. To be able to practice and play again, they only need two negative tests 24 hours apart. While hopes for this Sunday are slim, it’s still possible they could be active for the game.