Cleveland Browns close Centre for second Consecutive day; WRs cleared to practice

FILE PHOTO: Dec 14, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) slips away from Baltimore Ravens linebacker Chris Board (49) during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

For the second successive day, the Cleveland Browns have closed down their clinic center to conduct contact following two players tested positive for COVID-19.

High-end Harrison Bryant and linebacker Malcolm Smith were the 2 players that tested positive, a league source told ESPN. Bryant was set on the reserve/COVID-19 record Tuesday after being identified as a high-risk close touch to a different person who’d tested positive beyond the construction, and Smith is going to be added into the record Thursday.

The Browns also closed their center Wednesday following a trainer and practice squad player tested positive for the coronavirus. Cleveland reopened its construction in the day and practiced for about one hour.

On Tuesday, the Browns put Bryant and safeties Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo on the reserve/COVID-19 listing then added training squad center Javon Patterson on Wednesday.

The Browns were coping with coronavirus problems since Saturday when they needed to put their top four wide receivers on the reserve/COVID-19 record as insecure close contacts once they came in contact with another participant who had tested positive.

Cleveland, however, doesn’t expect to reunite Sendejo or beginning linebacker B.J. Goodson, that had been the very first to be set to the reserve/COVID-19 record Saturday, in time for Sunday’s match against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The NFL’s Dr. Allen Sills said Wednesday there wasn’t any sign that an epidemic over the Browns business was underway.

“To date, we do not observe any link one of the current favorable cases together with the Browns, therefore there is no evidence of transmission over the center,” Sills said. “But we are going to continue to work through this and continue to track the evaluation results on an everyday basis.”