Browns HC Stefanski, QB Mayfield test positive for COVID-19; Saturday game status in question

CLEVELAND — UPDATE @ 9:50 a.m.:

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is among the players who tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, with his game status now in question as well as head coach Kevin Stefanski.

Multiple media reports indicate Mayfield tested positive as well during player testing. The positive test result report came out about 30 minutes after the team announced head coach Kevin Stefanski tested positive and could miss Saturday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Mayfield, Stefanski, and others on the Browns’ reserve/COVID-19 list would need to produce two negative tests by Saturday to play or coach in the game.

We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more.


Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski’s coaching status for the team’s game Saturday is now in question after he tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, according to a statement from the team.

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Stefanski is vaccinated and also has received a booster shot, a team spokesperson said in a social media statement. He also has previously had COVID-19 after he tested positive and missed the Browns’ playoff game in January at Pittsburgh.

“He is feeling fine and will continue his head coaching duties virtually as we prepare for the Las Vegas Raiders game on Saturday,” the spokesperson said.

“Should Coach Stefanski not produce two negative tests by Saturday, special team 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.”

Browns running backs coach Ryan Cordell also tested positive during Wednesday’s testing. On Tuesday, eight players including wide receiver Jarvis Landry were placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.

Additional player testing is being conducted Wednesday morning.