Browns Head Coach Kevin Stefanski & Baker Mayfield Test Positive For COVID

Statement from Browns Spokesperson Peter John-Baptiste

“This morning’s testing round has produced additional positive COVID-19 results. Head Coach Kevin Stefanski, who has been vaccinated and received a booster, has tested positive and has immediately self-isolated. He is feeling fine and will continue his head coaching duties virtually as we prepare for the Las Vegas Raiders game on Saturday. Should Coach Stefanski not produce two negative tests by Saturday, special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as acting head coach and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt will serve as the play caller in Saturday’s game. Additionally, acting running backs coach Ryan Cordell has tested positive. Our player round of testing is still being conducted and any player transactions related to COVID-19 reserve will be updated and announced once finalized.”

The Cleveland Browns have made the following roster moves:

Placed on reserve/COVID-19 (5):

CB Troy Hill

S John Johnson

QB Baker Mayfield

DT Malik McDowell

DE Ifeadi Odenigbo

Placed on practice squad/COVID-19 (1):

S Nate Meadors

Signed to active roster from practice squad (1):

WR Ja’Marcus Bradley

Signed to practice squad (3):

TE Nick Guggemos

WR Alexander Hollins

T Elijah Nkansah

Bradley, 6-1, 198 pounds, is a first-year player out of Louisiana-Lafayette. Originally signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2020, Bradley has appeared in five career games and recorded nine receptions for 124 yards. He has appeared in two contests this year and recorded four receptions for 64 yards. Bradley will wear No. 84.

Guggemos (6-5, 231) is a rookie from the University of St. Thomas. Originally signed an undrafted free agent signed by Seattle, Guggemos spent most of training camp with Washington. Guggemos is a native of Eden Prairie, Minn. and will wear No. 48.

Hollins is 6-0, 166 pounds and in his first NFL season out of Eastern Illinois. Hollins entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Vikings in 2019 and has appeared in five career games with one start. He has two receptions for 46 yards. Hollins initially was signed to the Browns active roster from the Minnesota’s practice squad for the 2020 regular season finale. He spent training camp this season with the Browns before being waived during final roster cuts. Hollins is a native of Yazoo City, Miss. and will wear No. 12.

Nkansah is a 6’1, 328-pound first year player out of Toledo. He was initially signed by Tennessee as an undrafted free agent in 2018 and has spent time with Tennessee (2008 and 2021), Seattle (2018-19), Houston (2019-21) and the New York Jets (2021). He appeared in one career game with Seattle and spent time this season on the Jets’ practice squad. A native of Muncie, Ind. Nkansah will wear No. 65.

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